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Product Details

  • Actors: George Segal, Karen Black, Paula Prentiss, Hector Elizondo Robert DeNiro
  • Directors: Ivan Passer
  • Format: Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Platinum Productions
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NZJII8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

George Sega and Robert DeNiro star in this gritty, bittersweet tale of a successful Manhattan hairdresser who squanders his life away when he gets hooked on heroin. Segal plays J.J. the smooth talking stylist whose fast-lane living leads him to rip-off the mob -- and then straight downhill. DeNiro is the vice cop who's out to put J.J. behind bars. Between the pigs and the mafia, J.J. discovers he's a man out of time - and makes a desperate attempt to escape his deadly trap. 90 minutes.

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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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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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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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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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If you liked Drugstore Cowboy, filmed in '89 but set in '71, now you can see "Born to Win", filmed in '71 and nothing to do with '89. Both were good junkie movies but for different reasons. Be warned.. Born to Win starts off a little slow.. film quality, script and acting come off somewhat low-budget. Don't be put off by this. Instead, try to enjoy shots of a 1971 NYC and suspend judgement. Get past the first 15 minutes and your interest is liable to pick up. I found it intriguing, by the first half hour, and continues to get better all the way until its killer ending. And the ending is really crafty and clever - and makes a brutal point. This is the way movies should end - with such a knock-out punch that your brain is reeling from it even hours or days after seeing the movie. This was the case for me, but I didn't come to it for the sake of Robert DeNiro's cameo appearance. This movie is not about DeNiro, so don't come to it for that, or judge it based on his amount of screen time. George Segal and Karen Black are the leads.. and they put in great performances once the movie gets going. But it's the story, it's what happens in the story, that makes this movie so interesting. And clever. If you make it to the ending. This is a really good movie, period, but will be even more enjoyable if you have some appreciation for where it was filmed and when it was made.
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I've seen George Segal in supporting roles (ala "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre") and liked him, so I really enjoyed seeing him in a leading role for a change - and he "nails" his character spot on. Karen Black also gives one of her better performances in a somewhat meandering story that nevertheless delivers just enough excitement to keep you watching till the end. Great "shots" of life in the "Big Apple" during the late sixties/early seventies are an added bonus for "retro" buffs - dig those bell bottoms!
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All time best Karin Black, George Segal Movie. Robert DeNiro has only a small role in this film, do not think it is a Bob DeNiro film because it is not. This was my favorite movie ever when I first saw it when I was 12 or 13 years old, and still holds up to my standards now.
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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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