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fxskater
04-30-2003, 03:12 PM
I was just wondering if anyone had seen Poolhall Junkies. I saw it a little while ago. I thought it was pretty good, and fairly well written. Mars Callahan played his role pretty damn good and reminded me alot of Ed Norton. Only thing that really pissed me off about this movie was that it obviously wasn't made by someone that knows anything about pool. About 5 times i noticed in quick shots that the 5 was shot before the 4 or the 8 before the 7. Little things like that annoyed me a little but it still didnt take much away from the movie. The thing that did piss me off and took away from my enjoyment of the movie was the constant playing of shape for bank shots. And every shot was pretty much played at max speed. They didn't really have any touch. Nevertheless it was still a awesome movie and i would recommend that everyone sees it. Anyone that has seen it please leave a few comments, I'd like to know what other pool players thought of it.

AzHousePro
04-30-2003, 04:49 PM
Actually, I think Mars Callahan is supposed to be a fairly decent player.

Mike

Chucklez65
04-30-2003, 06:07 PM
I thought the movie was worth a watch.

I wish it had not shown only the dark side of the game...but it was still a good vid.

Chuck

maximillion
04-30-2003, 07:40 PM
I still havent seen it, Im in Japan, anyone know when it will come out on dvd?

bruin70
05-01-2003, 02:20 AM
Originally posted by fxskater
,,,, The thing that did piss me off and took away from my enjoyment of the movie was the constant playing of shape for bank shots. And every shot was pretty much played at max speed. They didn't really have any touch. ..

it's dramatic liscense. otherwise the game would be too boring to film.

other things you see in "movie" pool besides barrel-o-bank shots.....

several balls made with one shot....

an inordinate amount of combination shots....

same for masse shots....

stop shot position on EVERYTHING....

bad bridges....

missing ducks(have you ever noticed that the "adversary", and even the protagonist,,, always misses a duck to stop his run. and the shot is always the same...the OB is a gimme, several inches from the pocket. and the player slow rolls a shot that hits the tittie)

preacher_eric
05-01-2003, 05:05 AM
Does anyone know where I can see Poolhall Junkies? Is it still in theaters anywhere on the East coast?:confused:

Cardinal_Syn
05-01-2003, 11:58 AM
i think they took it out of theatres here already...i just missed it...it was on just about a month ago...and my friends got to watch it.

Joseph Cues
05-01-2003, 04:42 PM
It'll probably be on video this summer.
The movie sukked imo.:D
Acting was bad. Dialog, laugheable. Cinematography was video cam quality. Pool shots were terrible.
If you take out Walken and Chaz. Palmenteri, the movie would have been a full-blow B-movie.
I wish they just spent a little more money and made into an HBO movie. With HBO's money, they probably could have made it better.

carlton31698
05-02-2003, 06:46 AM
It seamed like parts of the movie that would have helped explain things more were cut out.
For example;
The cue used at the end, why was it in a display case (the kind you would use show of a prized object, not the kind you use to sell things). It would have made things flow if they had said it once belonged to a past champion, or was a priceless cue of some kind.
It was an ok movie, but it could have been a lot better, no where near the COM.

George
05-02-2003, 09:07 AM
I have the movie on dvd and I`ve watched it twice.I personally thought it was pretty good.I loved Walken and Chaz.I thought Mars was pretty good too.Yeah,most of the shots we`re combo`s,caroms or trick shots but that is done to appeal to the masses.i.e.the non pool playing moviegoer.
Just to give my opinion on some the earlier posts in this thread,
Mike,from what I`ve heard Mars Callahan is a shortstop caliber of player(I don`t know 1st hand).
Joseph cues didn`t like the movie and I agree everyone`s entitled to their opinion but to say the cinematography was video cam quality isn`t a fair statement IMHO.The movie was professionally filmed and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the cinematography.The editing however leaves a little to be desired.There are several cut shots that were used more than once in the film.
Carlton,I know the cue that was in the case at the end is a Southwest that was given to the producers for use in the film as part of a advertising deal.If you notice there are Southwest Banners hanging in the background in almost every pool shooting scene.I agree it would have been cool if they incorporated some type of significance to stick.
"You know Johnny,this stick was used by Willie Mosconi to win his 1st world championship and now it`s yours to use for this match.Do us proud son."
Overall I liked,I think most of you will too.

George

jungledude
05-04-2003, 10:58 PM
To be honest I was a little disappointed with the movie, maybe my expectations were too high....Gerald Huber, author, "The Green Felt Jungle".

6 Pocket Mike
07-07-2007, 05:14 PM
I liked it

PKM
07-07-2007, 05:31 PM
It's entertaining if you don't expect too much of it. As someone else remarked recently, it's kind of ridiculous to have those trick "hustles" become a prominent part of the movie.

poolnut
07-07-2007, 05:34 PM
I love this movie. It's probably my favorite performance by Christopher Walken. I think the movie was released in '03 so it's been out on DVD for a while. I couldn't find it anywhere so I bought it on Ebay and got 2 copies by mistake.

dukeboy1977
07-07-2007, 06:13 PM
I liked this movie, so I bought it. Some parts of it are slow, but for the most-part..I like it! It was definitely entertaining, to say the least. lol

Varney Cues
07-07-2007, 06:47 PM
Thats an hour & a half of life I wish I could get back.:rolleyes:

Johnnyt
07-07-2007, 06:49 PM
Blockbuster has it. Johnnyt

SlickRick_PCS
07-07-2007, 09:01 PM
I must confess something:

Two weeks ago was the first time I ever watched Poolhall Junkies. All I gotta say was that Mars Calahan was OK, Walken is unstopable, and everybody else needed better parts. I thought that the antagonist (the one played as Joe) needed to be a little stronger; but Palmineri had that "did I studder or something..." catch phrase at the end very nicely. Needed a better girl instead of Clint's daughter. Erney Reyes Jr. needs to get back to his karate (only time I liked him is when he was in Ninja Turtles as Keno when I was a youngster, lol). I was begging for Mike Massey (or St. Louis Louie) to pull off a trick shot; didn't happen. Boston Shorty looked kinda like himself. And the actor that played Reds didn't convinced me too much.

CreeDo
07-07-2007, 10:50 PM
It was okay... I think people want to like it more than it deserves because it's a pool movie and we all want there to be more than just 2 good pool movies.* Even with walken it's just "ok" and the personality of our hero I found to be pretty unlikeable. I was rooting for him to die.

It's too bad, pool has so many opportunities for colorful language and comedy and nobody really tackles it properly. Some of the funniest stuff I've heard in my life is just the everday phrases some people use to describe bad shots or general misfortune on the table.

* but there really aren't :/

brewerz28
07-07-2007, 11:39 PM
Not a good movie. But still more intertaining than Shooting Gallery.

LC3
07-08-2007, 12:12 AM
It's not as bad as The Baltimore Bullet, but not as good as The Color of Money (not that I consider Color of Money to be particularly good).

thebigdog
07-08-2007, 12:29 AM
It sucked. what is sad is that we are still talking about this crappy movie that came out like 5 years ago, because nothing else has come out about pool since.

InTheCloudzzz
07-08-2007, 01:22 AM
Thats an hour & a half of life I wish I could get back.:rolleyes:

I agree completely. This was without a doubt, one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life! The acting was atrocious (w/ the exception of Walken, of course), the story sucked horribly, the pool scenes were completely worthless, and the ending just tops it all off. That was the dumbest ending that could have possibly been thought of to end a 'pool' movie. Oh well, I guess it's better than watching grass grow...errrr...now that I think about, no it's not. JMHO.

Ryan

RunoutalloverU
07-08-2007, 01:48 AM
The movie was actually quite entertaining, but why are people talking about this movie like it didn't come out 3 years ago or something, ive had it on DVD what seems like forever, hey anyone heard of the movie titanic, I heard it did well at the box office, lmao.

Southpaw
07-08-2007, 08:58 AM
The story wasnt that bad, there were some entertaining parts, but IMO there were too many bank shots and the ending was way too CHEESEY!

Southpaw

desert1pocket
07-08-2007, 09:02 AM
The movie was actually quite entertaining, but why are people talking about this movie like it didn't come out 3 years ago or something, ive had it on DVD what seems like forever, hey anyone heard of the movie titanic, I heard it did well at the box office, lmao.

They are talking about it like it just came out, because it did when most of these posts were written. 6 Pocket Mike resurected a thread from May of 2003 for some reason.

Dead Money
07-08-2007, 11:44 AM
I agree completely. This was without a doubt, one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life! The acting was atrocious (w/ the exception of Walken, of course), the story sucked horribly, the pool scenes were completely worthless, and the ending just tops it all off. That was the dumbest ending that could have possibly been thought of to end a 'pool' movie. Oh well, I guess it's better than watching grass grow...errrr...now that I think about, no it's not. JMHO.

Ryan


No way dude...grass has to be mowed which sucks:D


I liked to movie ok, nothing special:)

BWTadpole
07-08-2007, 12:35 PM
I'm going to say one thing, and one thing only about this:

If you didn't complain that Ricky Bobby was an unrealistic display of stock car racing, then don't complain about Poolhall Junkies butchering pool.

It's a movie more about people than pool.

Caromsoft
07-08-2007, 01:31 PM
If anyone wants to see Poolhall Junkies Spike TV is showing it July 16. My Tivo has it set to record at 6AM but you might want to check your own listings.