Poolhall JunkiesMarch 21, 2003
A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.7/10 (6,004 voted)
Critic's Score: 36/100
Stars: Mars Callahan, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rosenbaum
Obsessed by the world of pool, Johnny (
Writers: Mars Callahan, Chris Corso
(as Rick Schroder)
Ernie Reyes Jr.
Peter Mark Richman
Sometimes you get a second shot… Make it.
Release Date: 21 March 2003
Filming Locations: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $301,856
(2 March 2003)
(23 March 2003)
Did You Know?
The band scene was filmed at the Dead Goat Saloon in the Arrowhead Plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah. The only differences between the movie version and the real saloon are the drapes behind the band and that the dance floor does not have round tables.
When Johnny and Brad are playing their final game, there is a wide shot that shows Uncle Mike in the background, before he shows up.
Guitar Player In Club Band:
Y'know, you were really good tonight kid.
Yeah, too bad nobody will ever know.
"Do you ever watch those nature shows?"
Poolhall Junkies is one of those little sweet pieces of film that can hold
your attention throughout, get you to grin even when a joke isn't that
funny, and let the viewer know debut filmmakers, such as Gregory "Mars"
Martin, can still serve a purpose in a widening scumish movie
Martin plays Johnny Doyle, a poolroom hustler who after being controlled by
a gangster (Palminterri) for fifteen years, breaks away in a sudden movie to
go for bigger money. Unfortunately, his movie isn't helped by his cocky
little brother (Rosenbaum) and friends who try to hustle the money for
themselves only to get in deeper trouble with a semi-pro
The story and twists may have been seen in similar poolhall movies, yet the
quick wit and even quicker style is on the mark. Lest I not forget, Steiger
and Walken turn in two grand performances – Steiger, in his last film, as a
weary poolroom worker, and Walken, who is very often both creepy and
exceptional, gives fans a treat with a monologue that can only be compared
to the one he gave in Pulp Fiction. Not everyone may follow this film, and
it'll probably be out of theaters very soon, however it remains a treat for
those who like quirky indie gangster movies. A-