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  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Dern, Lee Grant
  • Directors: Ben Bolt, Harold Becker
  • Writers: Clark Howard, Robert Roy Pool
  • Producers: Don Carmody, Gene Kraft, Jon Turtle, Martin Ransohoff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002O7XUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Town" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Matt Dillon and Diane Lane sizzle in an electrifying thriller about a small town gambler seeking fame and fortune in the big city. J.C. Cullen (Dillon) arrives in Chicago and, with his cool hand becomes a top dice thrower. But when he meets a beautiful dancer (Lane), his luck may have finally runout - her husband (Tommy Lee Jones) is a ruthless killer. Facing his worst odds ever, J.C. is now dangerously gambling with his life.

Customer Reviews

Great story, great casting, great acting & great period film making.
HorrorGuy
There's just nothing exciting about watching a crap game if you're not in it.
David M. Goode
Matt Dillon, Bruce Dern, Diane Lane , Tom Skerritt , Tommy Lee Jones .
Tom Baker / Charlotte

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bellush, Jr. on June 15, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The varied reactions to this movie by other reviewers are interesting, but nonetheless surprise me. De gustibus and all that, I suppose.

Released in 1987 but set in 1957, this is a well written and well acted drama with much of the feel of 40s and 50s noir. The look of the film, presumably deliberately, also has the style of an earlier era. The sound track, with Ivory Joe Hunter, Lincoln Chase, Big Joe Turner and others, couldn't be more suitable. The sleaze, of course, is much more advanced than would have been permissible thirty years earlier.

The hero, J.C. Cullen (Matt Dillon), is more complex than a pure country innocent corrupted by a wicked woman Lorry Dane (Diane Lane), a stripper at the Gem Club. A small town gambler trying to make it big in Chicago, he has his own dark, or at least not-so-light, side, which is why he takes up with Lorry so readily. Yet, he at least struggles with his conscience even if he doesn't always do the right thing. Tommy Lee Jones and Bruce Dern are in fine form as villains, Lee Grant has just the right touch, and Diane Lane has never been more stunning or more credible in a role. The Big Town is not a big movie, but it is a good one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HorrorGuy on June 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I first stumbled across this movie on cable in the late 80's. I loved it then and still do today. Great story, great casting, great acting & great period film making. Diane Lane is not to shabby either as a strippin' diva with a taste for the fast life. Matt Dillon plays a complete craps stud who can win any dice game no matter the stakes or cash on the table. Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Skerrit, Bruce Dern & Lee Grant all contribute with awesome performances to this "Gem Club" of a movie. I sincerely hope we'll all be lucky enough for this title to be available soon on DVD. Heck, I'd love to have a DVD with tons of extras too if it was up to me but it it's not. I can always dream though...
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2001
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I give it a 5 star rating. why? Cause Diane Lane is such a hotty! I grew up with Dillion/Lane in the Outsiders and Rumble Fish, (two other great movies), and I always had a jones for Diane Lane (I guess so did Francis Ford Coppola). And to see her in this movie as a stripper, well, what can I say, it really floats my boat. This movie is my "guilty pleasure"....I dont care that everyone hates it, I love it! (Today's movie making is nothing to brag about, anyway).
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Houzet on December 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The luscious Diane Lane was the reason I rented this movie (and would buy it as well, should it become available). I was on my Diane Lane binge when I saw this, along with Lady Beware, Priceless Beauty, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. What can I say? I missed out on her movies as an adolescent. Seeing her in The Perfect Storm inspired me to seek out her earlier work.
The Big Town stands out as one of the better movies she was in, with an entertaining plot of a dice hustler played well by Matt Dillon. It seems they enjoyed acting together as well, having both been in Coppolla's Rumble Fish and The Outsiders.
There are a great collection of other character actors in this film as well, including Bruce Dern, Tommy Lee Jones and Tom Skerrit. Suzy Amis is sympathetic as Dillon's other love interest, but she doesn't hold a candle to the sex kitten Lane.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on August 9, 2006
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"The Big Town" doesn't break any cinematic ground but it's more than worth your while. How can you go wrong with a film that sports two Oscar winners(Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Grant) and three nominees(Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Bruce Dern) in the cast? Director Ben Bolt imbues the film with terrific period atmosphere and the selection of rock, rhythm and blues, and country and western music is impeccable. The film has a gritty sensiblity reminiscent of classic film noir. Dillon is fine as the kid from Indiana with a knack for dice rolling who seeks his fame and fortune in the seedy backrooms of Chicago. It's Jones, however, who steals the picture in an understated turn as the film's ostensible villain. Jones doesn't have to say a word. Just a squint of his eyes and a look at his craggy visage says it all. Good character turns from vets Grant and Dern as the couple who bankroll Dillon's endeavors. The two women in Dillon's life, Lane's exotic dancer and Suzy Amis' aspiring DJ are kind of underwritten. These two are kind of cliched in representing the good girl/bad girl dichotomy. The promised showdown between Dillon and Jones is kind of a fizzle. Another disappointment is Lane's less than erotic fan dance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Khoury on January 9, 2011
Format: DVD
Okay, okay. There is no record. Then let me set you straight. This is a pretty damn good movie. You won't be disappointed to own it. You won't feel like you wasted your time watching it. And you will watch it more than a few times and enjoy it more and more each time you do. The cast is excellent. Lots of talent, thoroughly engaged, and not a single miscast role. The story is, well, I can count four stories going on at the same time. Two love stories. Two retribution stories. One boy-to-man story. Okay, five. But they all occur naturally, none is forced, and they all are nicely resolved with a happy ending. You will enjoy this movie. You will tell your friends about it. You can trust me. When I was in prison, they called me The Preacher. Or was it The Squealer. I forget.
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