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Big Shot - Confessions of a Campus Bookie

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UPC: 024543051305

Format: DVDMultiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen

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Based on actual events, Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie plays like a frat-house blend of Casino and Goodfellas. Originally broadcast on FX, it's got the sanitized veneer of a TV movie, but it's an honest, R-rated appraisal of Bennie Silman, a Brooklyn-born student at Arizona State University who reaped--and lost--a fortune in 1994 by fixing basketball games with the help of star player Stevin "Hedake" Smith. Perfectly cast as Silman, the always-interesting David Krumholtz ("Bernard" from the Santa Clause movies) speaks to the camera, inviting us into his first-person account of money, girls, and the Mafia. It's a party animal's fantasy until the bloody-nosed climax, directed with edgy energy, but not enough substance, by Ernest R. Dickerson (who fared marginally better with his Showtime film Our America). Krumholtz and Tory Kittles (as Smith) make this a compelling enterprise, however, and the real Bennie Silman appears in a coda that roots the movie in harsh, cautionary reality. --Jeff Shannon
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List Price: $9.98
Rating: R (Restricted)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Actors: David Krumholtz Tory Kittles Carmine Giovinazzo Jennifer Morrison Nicholas Turturro 
Size: 7.1000" x 5.4200"
Weight: 0.1800 lbs.
Language: Spanish, French, Spanish, English, English