Big Steve Halloway, gambler and proprietor of New York's Horseshoe Cabaret, where his girl, Bangles Carson sings, is in desperate need of money. He arranges for his fellow bookies, especially Sorrowful Jones, to each pay him $1,000 for his racehorse, Dream Prince, to lose. With all bets being placed at the window, Sorrowful encounters a gambler, having lost $500, wanting to place his bet but is unable to come up with $20. Instead, he places his daughter, Marthy Jane (Shirley Temple), as security, or in bookie's terms, a "marker". Having lost his bet, he commits suicide, leaving "little Miss Marker" under the care of Sorrowful Jones. As Steve hides out in Chicago to avoid investigation for his crooked bets, he entrusts Sorrowful to watch over Bangles during his absence, at which time the "gold digger" helps "tight-wod" with his trouble. When Big Steve learns Bangles is involved with Sorrowful, he returns to New York to do something about it.
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Manny C (nl) wrote: Writer-director John Gray digs deep into his own life in this heartfelt drama about two brothers growing up in 1975 Brooklyn, in the Bay Ridge area. Gray, whose credits include episodes of CBS' The Ghost Whisperer, isn't dealing in the supernatural, he's dealing in real, unforced intimacy.Nick Thurston is terrific as Brian Leary, and eighteen-year-old striving artist who must sneak away from his neighborhood so he can paint without discrimination. It mirrors Gray's own young ambition to become a filmmaker. Brian's older brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor, wonderful) is more into small crimes and his more accepted among the neighborhood boys. They're only desire in life is to just party and drink.But both brothers are united by their relationship with their father Paddy (Stephen Lang of Avatar in his most superb performance to date), a lonshoreman and drinker who has a habit of physically abusing his eldest son and his suffering wife Margaret (Karen Allen of Raiders of The Lost Ark fame, who can do more with her eyes than the script can generate.)All of the performances are amazing. The actors marvelously find the small details allows painful truths to seep in. Because of a mysterious event in Paddy's past, Brian is spared his abuse, causing Brian to suffer from guilt. He finds solace in Shauna (Leslie Murphy), who also wants to break out of dead-end Brooklyn, and also in Whitey (Peter Riegert, excellent), who gives Brian a job at his movie house. Whitey himself is working on a plan to have The Rolling Stones play for an hour at his theater before they do a show at Madison Square Garden.Things become tense when Whitey is preparing for his big night and Danny plans to rob Whitey's box office. The movie's center however is the family and their troubles, a remarkable display of how violence can break a family down. Gray directs something truly personal and makes it palpable and heartbreaking. It's a wild emotional ride, and worth it.
Veronica L (it) wrote: GREAT FILM.... ITS A MUST SEE EVERY-ONE.... HITS LA AUG 12TH!!!
Ren S (us) wrote: Pretty Good = 3.5/5Definitely my second favorite Underworld film yet. Not only is this a genuinely entertaining film itself, it makes the first film even better, making it a very affective and worth while prequel.
Mike L (gb) wrote: I'm really not a Rachel Miner fan but she did pretty well with this one. It was well made and sort of a Bonnie and Clyde deal. The biggest problem with it was that it was slow, but the twist at the end made it a little different and worth a watch. Probably not any more than once though...
anvahb h (it) wrote: just a normal sentimental thing
Robman (kr) wrote: Not a bad flick, It definately has it's moments. I would have never seen this if someone else hadn't picked it
Porsche K (mx) wrote: Excellent for a B rated movie
Wesley G (us) wrote: This movie dragged on; I struggled to finish it. I also did not agree with all of the choices made by the director.
Michael D (br) wrote: Food for Thought, as regards sexual mores, politics, relationships and human motivation.
Brandon S (de) wrote: Not only is "Top Five" hilarious, biting, and fascinating, but it's also one of the greatest comedies I've seen in some time. Chris Rock is brilliant in the lead performance, but he's also stellar behind the camera, as well as at the writer's table. Rock utilizes the talents of an amazing, all-star cast and manages to craft an incredible comedy masterpiece without resorting to any cheap tricks or lazy gags.
Joe M (fr) wrote: 1st there was Bela Lugosi. Then Christopher Lee. And then came Robert Quarry. Dated yet campy blood-fest with Count Yorga sashing around in the gayest vampire outfits that won't be seen again until Gary Oldman plays Dracula. Few scares but some good chuckles.
Scott M (fr) wrote: I'm a fan of Rooster Teeth but I wasn't sure what to expect when going to watch a film created by the team. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this. I was expecting a cheap looking film but with the decent crowd funded budget behind it it turned out to be pretty good.
Matt S (ag) wrote: Fun! Nostalgic. Didn't even watch it the kids. Hope they keep making them.