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POOLHALL JUNKIES


Year: 2002
USA: Gold Circle Films
Cast: Chazz Palminteri, Rick Schroder, Rod Steiger, Michael Rosenbaum, Gregory 'Mars' Martin, Alison Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Anson Mount, Phillip Glasser, Lissa Pallo, Richard Portnow, Steve Short, Charlie Terrell
Director: Gregory 'Mars' Martin
Country: USA
USA: 94 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some sexual content
USA Release Date: 28 February 2003 (Limited Release)
(US Distributor)

Synopsis

Obsessed by the world of pool, Johnny (Mars Callahan) could be one of the best. But his mentor and 'trainer' Joe (Chazz Palminteri), a shady hustler who decides how and who Johnny plays, is holding him back from his dream.

When the day finally comes, Johnny breaks from Joe, which leads to only one thing - violence. Joe is beaten up by some of Johnny's buddies as a sign to leave him alone, and with this final act of freedom, Johnny leaves the world of pool-sharking.

After an ultimatum from his girlfriend Tara (Alison Eastwood), Johnny finally commits to a 'real' job in the construction business, but is soon miserable there. He finds himself spending most of his time with his younger brother Danny (Michael Rosenbaum) who it seems is following in his footsteps on the road to a life Johnny left when he broke from Joe.

As for Joe, he is bent on revenge for the beating he took, and soon he has a new protege Brad (Rick Schroder) who is just as good if not better than Johnny. And he's got his eye on Johnny's brother. The two play a high-stakes game of pool which ends in a huge debt owed to Joe and soon Johnny finds that his brother is in jail for trying to steal the money he owes.

The only way out for Johnny is to play Brad, which results in a 'race to nine' showdown that pits two of the greatest players against each other for large sums of money, and Johnny and Danny's lives.










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