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      Saint Jack

      R Released Apr 27, 1979 1 hr. 52 min. Drama List
      72% 18 Reviews Tomatometer 75% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara) is an American pimp in Singapore, and, although his livelihood is unsavory, he is not morally bankrupt, and makes friends with auditor William (Denholm Elliott). Jack yearns for more than the small-time, though -- his ambition is to open an entire bordello. Meanwhile he gets the squeeze put on him by the local mob for his business dealings, and, to achieve his dream of luxury, he may need to assist in a sinister deal by the CIA to take some compromising photographs. Read More Read Less

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      Alec B Gazzara is phenomenal (probably the only guy who could have made this convincing) and I really like the lack of plot which fits the mood of the characters. On top of that, the movie is an astonishing visual record of a Singapore that no longer exists. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Audience Member Gazzara is phenomenal (probably the only guy who could have made this convincing) and I really like the lack of plot which fits the mood of the characters. On top of that, the movie is an astonishing visual record of a Singapore that no longer exists. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Ben Gazarra playing a part tailor made for him as the seemingly heart of gold albeit not always moral center; rest of amateur cast is quite amateur Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review s r I enjoyed Singapore having just traveled there. However, I felt myself wondering about the purpose of the movie at the end, but then again maybe there is none and that was on purpose. Saw it on TCM. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Superb character study set in Singapore (filmed secretly to circumvent the nanny state's strict censors) based on Paul Theroux's surprisingly and thoroughly mediocre novel. Bogdanovich plays a CIA type; Monika Subramaniam was a local whom B. took home with him to LA after the movie wrapped up. Bogdanovich's extensive use of local amateurs made this a very authentic film with authentic accents. Denholm Elliot used to hightail it to his local young boyfriend as soon as the day's shooting was done. Gazzara was born for the part, cooler than McQueen and suaver than Bond. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review william k Good character study, not without humor and irony, with some great lead performances and excellent location cinematography. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Frank Rich TIME Magazine If Saint Jack is not another complete embarrassment for Bogdanovich, it nonetheless reveals his deficiencies as a film maker. Jul 18, 2008 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Well crafted, finely acted, and conjures up a positively intriguing milieu. Jul 18, 2008 Full Review Time Out Hard to imagine how anyone could make less of such a promising subject. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Jesse Cataldo Spectrum Culture Shooting halfway around the world, director Peter Bogdanovich manages to reinvent his style in a minor key with Saint Jack, while retaining the love of sparkling dialogue, gag work, and interpretive pastiche that defined his career. Apr 26, 2022 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...a brilliant character study of a reprehensible man who is also a decent human being... Rated: 4/5 Jun 25, 2021 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...an episodic drama that ultimately benefits quite substantially from its use of real-life Singaporean locations and the superb work of its performers... Rated: 3/4 Dec 16, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara) is an American pimp in Singapore, and, although his livelihood is unsavory, he is not morally bankrupt, and makes friends with auditor William (Denholm Elliott). Jack yearns for more than the small-time, though -- his ambition is to open an entire bordello. Meanwhile he gets the squeeze put on him by the local mob for his business dealings, and, to achieve his dream of luxury, he may need to assist in a sinister deal by the CIA to take some compromising photographs.
      Director
      Peter Bogdanovich
      Executive Producer
      Edward L. Rissien, Hugh Hefner
      Screenwriter
      Howard Sackler, Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Theroux
      Production Co
      Copa Del Oro, Playboy Productions Inc., Shoals Creek
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 27, 1979, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 1, 2018
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