Born To Win 1971 CC

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(25) IMDb 5.7/10
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New York Ex-hairdresser Segal tries to deal with his 100 dollar a day Heroin addiction, with moments of self-hatred in his fast lane lifestyle that threaten to destroy him. The portrayal of the Big Apple drug culture is harrowing, harsh and vivid. Recommended film with excellent cast, with scenes of brilliance and humor due to Passer's direction.

Starring:
George Segal, Robert DeNiro
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Born To Win

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Product Details

Genres Comedy, Drama
Director Ivan Passer
Starring George Segal, Robert DeNiro
Supporting actors Paula Prentiss, Jay Fletcher, Hector Elizondo, Robert De Niro, Ed Madsen, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Irving Selbst, Tim Pelt, José Pérez, Sylvia Syms, Jack Hollander, Alex Colon, Max Brandt, Burt Young, Roland Kindhard, Jean David, Paul Benjamin, Charles McGregor
Studio Reel Enterprises
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very good music and great acting.
Ulrich Graser
Despite that tattoo, this is a guy who CAN'T win, can't break even, nor can he get out of the game.
Annie Van Auken
And it was a horrible movie to boot.
Sydney Picolo

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
There have been a number of "dope" films that have followed "Born To Win". None have been as searing, honest, funny, and profound as this one. The acting is superb, the writing brilliant, the direction first-rate. This is cinema at its best, powerful filmmaking. George Segals performance is as good as it gets. See it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich Graser on June 20, 2001
Format: DVD
This movie is excellent if you have the chance to see it in an uncutted version. The DVD I bought misses a very nice scene - girl on the balcony was cut down because of showing to much skin for the US version - this is to bad because it embezzles another great pointe of the movie.
Very good music and great acting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Green Manalishi on October 14, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is a classic. OK, it has that semi-low budget feel in the beginning, and you may be wondering after the first 15 minutes if the movie is gonna be worth your time. Keep going! It fully redeems itself! Besides, the shots of New York from that time period are part of what make the film interesting for us 35 years later. That and the whole tone of the film. Anyone who could even slightly appreciate films like Shaft, Foxy Brown or anything from the Soul Cinema collection, should have no trouble getting through the slightly cheesy opening of this film, and into the heart of what makes this movie great. The five stars I give it are for the movie itself and not for DVD production. False advertising aside (don't get it for the sake of DeNiro's cameo), this movie rocks!

p.s. I saw this movie on a European dvd (picture quality and everything was fine) before I ordered it from Lincoln Sound and Disc (soundndisc?) on Amazon - beware of this movie seller! First, the box you see on Amazon (Classic Collection - 1998) and the one you get are different (cover picture not the same). It's not in a standard dvd case (it's a cardboard box!), does not contain chapter stops, and there are spelling mistakes (even De Niro's name is spelt wrong). Finally, the sound quality sounds like it's coming over a bad radio.. can't understand a word. No response when I contacted them about this. I've read other reviews that complain of similar things with this movie (which is fully worth getting), but make sure you go with a seller you trust!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2000
Format: DVD
DeNiro was only in the movie for a few moments but George Segal is the star and he gives a harrowing and brilliant performance as a hundred dollar a day heroin addict. The film is funny and sad unfortunately utterly truthful. This film forshadowed a whole generation of films about lost souls adrift in our blasted urban landscapes. Its a bit on the morbid side at first but will please you towards the beginning of the second half.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on March 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This little film from the early seventies stars major film star Robert De niro in a role I'm sure even he can't remember doing along with george segal who plays JJ a sucsessful hairdresser who's hooked on heroerin and runs afoul of the mob. So JJ is up to his neck in trouble when the cops use him to get the goods on a drug smuggler. Absorbing at times very well acted By segal in this somewhat twisted comedy/drama Best scene is when JJ & His friend are shooting up in a washroom in an abandon office floor JJ'S friend overdoses on what he thinks is heroin but instead it's battery acid laced inside the drug meant for JJ. A powerful scene displaying Segal at his efftictive moment in the film. A bittersweet film more regareded and appriciated today then it was first relased over twenty years ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
Format: DVD
The dvd of "Born To Win" is being plugged as a DeNiro film, although he only has a small part in it. George Segal is the star and he gives a harrowing and brilliant performance as a $100 a day heroin addict. The film is funny and sad and utterly truthful; made in 1971, it forshadowed a whole generation of films about lost souls adrift in our blasted urban landscapes. In a class of its own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2013
Format: DVD
My experience with minor brand DVD companies (such as DESERT ISLAND FILMS) has been satisfactory, as I'm not interested in commentary, deleted scenes or other bonus features, that is, stuff these discs don't offer. Transfers are "best available source" and quality can vary from very good to only fair.

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Billed as sixth banana in BORN TO WIN is a very young Robert De Niro.

It's the grim story of a loser who has this phrase tattooed on his arm. Hip hairdresser-turned-junkie JJ (Segal) is a not-too-adept thief, nor is he very smart. While delivering a stash of 'H' for a local dealer nicknamed 'Geek' (Elizondo), JJ instead decides to steal it. Cops nab him with the goods and undercover narc Danny (De Niro) forces him to set up a 'buy' with Geek.

While arranging the sting, JJ asks Geek for some smack. He's given poison and shares it with a friend who dies after shooting up, a moment which exemplies JJ's life. Despite that tattoo, this is a guy who CAN'T win, can't break even, nor can he get out of the game.

A funky soundtrack, plus humorous touches like Miss Black's encounter with JJ as he's stealing her car, or Segal prancing around the streets in a pink peignor after being stripped of his double-knit polyester threads, are stark contrast to a very depressing movie. It's the sort of anti-hero tale they don't make anymore (for obvious reasons).

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.6) Born to Win (1971) - George Segal/Karen Black/Paula Prentiss/Hector Elizondo/Robert De Niro/Sylvia Syms/Burt Young
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