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Poolhall Junkies

4.1 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mars Callahan, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rosenbaum, Ricky Schroder, Rod Steiger
  • Directors: Mars Callahan
  • Writers: Mars Callahan, Chris Corso
  • Producers: Carol Gillson, David Kronemeyer, David Peters, Joey Nittolo, John J. Hermansen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (DD 5.1 Surround)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000127M4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poolhall Junkies" on IMDb

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The story of how this movie got made is almost as entertaining as the result. A talented pool player, Mars Callahan, wrote the script and sold it, much like Quentin Tarrantino and True Romance, but the script languished on the shelf for ten years. At this point, Callahan decided to take personal control and get the movie made. Somehow, he persuaded noted stars like Rod Steiger, Chazz Palminteri, Christopher Walken, etc. to appear in it, while he would assume the role of author, star, and director. How he accomplished this feat would be an excellent subject for a documentary film (like Overnight, but this time with a heroic principle character).

Mars Callahan has remarkable swagger and presence for a relative newcomer, especially in the company of such a distinguished cast. His personality and appearance remind me of a young Christopher Walken, and their scenes together are riveting.

Regardless of the history, the resulting movie is a bit uneven but overall very entertaining. The roles are cleverly written (possibly why noted actors were willing to play them) and very well portrayed. The pool shooting is first rate. Indeed, they accomplish the difficult task of making the pool games dramatic, original, and suspenseful. There is a lot of humor, very little violence (by today's standards), and no skin/sex. Instead, the movie relies on a generally excellent script and skillful characterization to thoroughly entertain rather than shock, nauseate, or deafen....an accomplishment that is becoming increasingly rare.

The weakness, in my opinion, is that the younger brother (Michael Rosenbaum) and his three pool-playing buddies are a little juvenile, with banter and antics reminiscent of American Graffiti or American Pie.
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Gregory Mars Martin (Callahan), aka Mars Callahan, has given us a chunk of his heart, and great waves of youthful enthusiasm. Callahan, an accomplished pool player, and his hustler buddy Chris Corso, wrote this screenplay. It was shopped around for over ten years, and now it has emerged as a sterling Indie; something to aspire to. It was filmed in Salt Lake City, but little was made of that. It could have been any large city.
His directorial style is sideswipe close to that of Edward Burns; urban, hip, gritty, and intelligent. Hopefully Callahan has some other ideas, and he will follow up with new projects.
Callahan obviously loves movies, and he has given himself the lead part; Johnny Doyle. As it turns out, he is a gifted actor. Roger Ebert called him," McQueen cool.". Another critic, a cretin, called him," Vince Vaughn lite.". Ebert wrote further,
" This is a young man's film, humming with the joy of making it.".
One can't help but to notice when Callahan makes his first appearance on the screen that he does have a tall lanky hip young Christopher Walken persona. Brilliantly for the film, Walken himself was cast in the movie. In an early scene, when he and Walken share the frame, Walken said," I noticed you right away; the hair. Are we related ? " The movie is laden with other movie-lover's moments; tongue-in-cheek and over the top.
If a person likes to shoot pool, this film will be smoky eye candy. The cons, the chatter, the grifts, and the trick shots; all slip by smoothly. You can hear the echo in the pool room, and smell the chalk, the felt on the tables, and the cigar smoke. You hear those ceramic balls crash together in a macho symphony of staccato clanks; and what a lovely sound it is.
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Of all the movies I have watched on the topic of pool hustling this movie is the closest to the way it is (or at least the way it was for me as a player).
We first all agree the movie THE.HUSTLER is an outstanding movie.The Color of Money was also very entertaining but not the same level as films go. This movie isnt trying to be another version of these classics. The plot is different with a very good script and the most realistic (I know there were many set up shots as in all pool movies. However, if you a high level player you can see that Mars Callahan was, is a fine playerwith a nice stroke and is very comfortable on the table. The.same for Jackie.Gleason in the Hustler.
Why is this a fine movie?
The script was real . This.man I.would bet lived the game. He also made great use of his/their limited number of sets without using a lot of gimmicky editing. The cast was.terrific. Im surprised.a movie at this budget level could get Chaz P. ,Rod Steiger and Christopher Walken . Im sure they liked the script.and short.shooting schedule. Mars Callahan is a great talent in all three areas in the making of this film. Acting , writing and directing. I dont know why we havent seen more of him in any of these areas.
What I especially liked was Mars knows players know other.players level very quickly and there is no great hustle. At.least on the table. The real hustling is between people living life and not only playing the game.
The story line is interesting .People making choices. There is some humor, no over the top acting and nice camera work .
Its really a movie that shouldnt be missed if you enjoy this.genre .
I would like to see more of Mars.C. work.. His.work seemed to be multi dimensional and I would like to see more as a writer or director.
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