The Killing of A Chinese BookieDVD - 2004
A film noir about a gentleman's club owner finds himself on the bad side of a small time gangster, and then must save his beloved club and way of life.
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I'd like a - a follow spot on Cosmo... he's not only a great nightclub owner ... But he also - he also practices ... the best thing there is in this world - to be comfortable.
Marty, you're a lowlife. No offense... but you have no style. I don't ever want to see you again.
Ah, that jerk Karl Marx said opium was the... religion of the people. I got news for him. It's money. Money.
That's - Jesus Christ. My father was right. There is nothing wrong with you, Cosmo. Money. Money. My father was a nice guy. You should have met my father. He could listen to me like you could. That's why I like you. There's not many people that can listen like my father.
-You cry when your father died?
Ah. He promised me one thing. He said, "Hey - >“Don't let 'em bury me.” Didn't like the electric company,
the gas company, the water company.
-Why don't you do yourself a favor and get out of here?
-You're an amateur.
Prep talk, Part 1 of 2:
Now, teddy. Teddy. Everything takes work. We'll straighten it out. You know. You gotta work hard to be comfortable. Yeah, a lot of people kid themselves, you know. They-they know when they were born, they know where they're goin'... they know whether they're gonna go to heaven,whether they're gonna go to hell. They think they know that. They kid themselves. Right? But the only people... who are, you know, happy... are the people who are comfortable. That's right. Now, you take, uh, uh, carol, right? A dingbat, right? A ding-a-ling.A dingo. That's what people think she is,'cause that's the truth they want to believe. But, uh, you put her in another situation, right? Put her in a situation that's tough. Stress. Where she's up against something,you'll see she's no fool.
Prep talk, Part 2 of 2:
Right. 'cause what's your truth... is my falsehood What's my falsehood is your truth and vice versa. Well, look. Look at me, right? I'm only happy when I'm angry... when I'm sad, when i can play the fool... when i can be what people want me to be rather than be myself. You understand? Mm-hmm. Yeah. And that takes work. Gotta work overtime for that. Yeah. Doesn't matter who you are or what personality you choose. ... “Come on, baby.” Choose a personality. - Let's go down there and - We'll do a great show... We'll smile, we'll cry... big, glistening tears that pour onto the stage... and we'll make their lives a little happier, huh? So they won't have to face themselves. They can pretend to be somebody else. Be happy. Be joyous.
-So, you don't want to get involved.
That's right. I don't want to get involved.
-But the money you want.
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