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03-06-2002, 06:58 AM
Has the movie "Pool hall junkies" been released yet? And if it has, is it worth seeing..

JimS
03-06-2002, 02:06 PM
Passing along what was posted here a week or two ago when the same question was asked, it was said here that the movie wasn't able to get distributed and would be going right to video tape. Regards, JimS

rackmup
03-06-2002, 07:16 PM
"Pool Hall Junkies" was a "flop" at the "Sundance" film festival so it was remade without pool, the original cast and instead, refocused it's attention on war and helicopters.

The script was completely rewritten and the direction changed. It was then met with rave reviews and shot to number 1 the weekend of it's release.

It is now called "Blackhawk Down" and has nothing to do with pool.

Seriously...with Ricky Schroder as it's star, what chance did it really have?

Regards,

Ken

03-06-2002, 11:37 PM
ricky schroeder........drool........pool and guys.....just summed up my life in two words......

but in all seriousness i heard that they lost the funding for the movie and had to discontinue it, but now that i hear its coming to vhs.....im even happier......

Bob_in_Cincy
03-07-2002, 09:49 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: rackmup:</font><hr> "Pool Hall Junkies" was a "flop" at the "Sundance" film festival so it was remade without pool, the original cast and instead, refocused it's attention on war and helicopters.

The script was completely rewritten and the direction changed. It was then met with rave reviews and shot to number 1 the weekend of it's release.

It is now called "Blackhawk Down" and has nothing to do with pool.

Seriously...with Ricky Schroder as it's star, what chance did it really have?

Regards,

Ken <hr></blockquote>

Actually, at first they just changed the title to "Blueball Down" , but the censors wouldn't go for it due to certain sexual connotations. Then they tried a couple of other ball colors but there were racial issues with several choices, and of course any reference to "Whitey" wasn't gonna cut it, so the whole thing got shelved in favor of the war theme.

You're right about Rick S. cast as a pool player , but maybe Dennis Franz doing some kind of Sipowicz/Strickland combo thing might have made a big difference.

Bob In Cincy

04-03-2002, 02:57 PM
I don't believe that's true about it going straight to tape. I just read an article last night in the Rocky Mountain Cue Times...They had a private invite only screaning in California, and it got rave reviews...They had some random people there to rate it, and even the ones that know nothing about pool really liked it. The article said that it might be out by late summer.

rackmup
04-03-2002, 06:36 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote:</font><hr> Chisolm: "I don't believe that's true about it going straight to tape. I just read an article last night in the Rocky Mountain Cue Times...They had a private invite only screaning in California, and it got rave reviews...They had some random people there to rate it, and even the ones that know nothing about pool really liked it. The article said that it might be out by late summer."<hr></blockquote>

Here's the article:

Poolhall Junkies - The First Public Screening

By Herb Wilmot - Westar International
Photos Courtesy of Francine Massey



“Highly entertaining”, “a fun movie”, “a good time”, “a lot of action”. That’s the consensus buzz about the up-coming pool movie Poolhall Junkies. On February 13th at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, an “invitation only” crowd of about five hundred people arrived to see the first public screening of this much-anticipated film, many of whom were Hollywood and billiard industry professionals. Jim Chapman, President of Westar International, whose company is handling the promotion of the film throughout the billiard industry, was on hand making notes and taking photos both at the theater and afterwards at the party at The Atlantic. Associates or friends represented the four sponsors of the movie-Olhausen Billiards, Westar International, Southwest Cues, and Sardo Tight Rack. A high level of energy ran through the packed auditorium as Mars Callahan-director, writer, actor-took the stage prior to the curtain rising.

“This is a dream come true for a lot of people in this movie”, said Mars. He then reeled off a list of names, of whom many would recognize in the movie and billiard world-actors, agents, producers, executives, sponsors, promoters, etc. who have helped him along the way. But most importantly, his personal accolades about the support his friends and family have given him throughout the years, emotionally moved he and the audience the most. The movie is dedicated to his late godfather, a writer, Phillip Robert Dixon. In his closing comments, Mars pointed to a central figure in his life, “…my best friend in the world, who, I would not be alive today if he didn’t grab me at nineteen years old in a poolroom and teach me how to write-my writing partner, my best friend-Chris Corso.” A standing ovation then erupted from the crowd.

Then, the movie. Afterwards, the excitement. The comments covered nearly every aspect of a viewer’s experience. “It’s fun to watch,” said Robert Le Blanc, pool Technical Advisor for the film. “Every guy that sees this movie will think, ‘Damn, I wish I was doing that in a poolroom’”. Dave Thomson of Medium Pool (an advertising agency in LA that works with billiard products and billiard players) commented thus:

“It made me laugh; it was funny and entertaining”. Mike Massey, World Champion pool trick-shot artist who played the role of St. Louie Louie in the film, added, “There was some really good acting and the movie was fast-paced. I think everyone will like it.” Donny Olhausen of Olhausen Billiards who drove up from San Diego with his brother, Butch Olhausen, Mike Clark and an entourage of others said, “I liked it. I’d like to see it again.”

So goes the mood and the attitude. Many thought that this movie would appeal to a wide audience beyond the pool spectrum. Phil Messina, a veteran writer and director of many theatrical and TV movies said, “It’s a mixed bag. Some people will like the movie just for its entertainment value.” Thomson more specifically said, “This movie has a very broad appeal. Also, it will definitely do well in the cult scene because you’ve got two or three name actors in there. Christopher Walken is the chief cult factor. He’s the biggest draw, I would think.”

Of the acting in general, everyone interviewed expressed praise. From the young actors in the film, all the way up to Chazz Palminteri and Rod Steiger, the comments ranged from favorable to amazing. Aside from Christopher Walken, who seemed to be everyone’s favorite, drawing adjectives such as “terrific” and “awesome” and “superb”, it was Mars Callahan who garnered the most kudos. “It’s amazing what he did at such a young age-writing, directing, acting,” said Le Blanc. Jay Helfert chimed in, “I’d like to see Mars and writer Chris Corso get some recognition because they did a good job”. And Messina, “Mars is an entertaining actor with a lot of potential.” And Donny Olhausen, “He did a fine job.”

Many people thought that the movie would be good for the pool industry if enough people saw it. “It will certainly generate interest and increase sales,” said Donny Olhausen. “All the movie can possibly do is excite interest for pool,” expanded Le Blanc.

And without a single exception, everyone loved the ending. A play upon words and a hasty decision provided the thrill. Thomson, who first saw the script in 1992 said, “It was funny watching the evolution of the script and see how it changed. I thought the ending was a nice little twist.”

But perhaps the most objective opinions came from a non-pool player who was totally unbiased, who has never even seen a pool movie and who regularly walks out of movies she doesn’t like. Laurie Britton, a friend of Donny Olhausen, put it all together. “I didn’t expect to like it, so I was quite pleased that it was as good as it was. I stayed glued to it. It had a good story line. The acting was good. Mars was actually quite a good actor and I had never heard of him. And I was a bit surprised that it got me enthralled about pool in general. It made me actually want to learn how to play pool. I would like to see it again.”

Doesn’t that say it all?

The next big question remains the same: When will the film appear before the general public and where? The answer leans towards late summer of this year. Get ready!

Looks like the rave reviews came from the people with a stake in the movie and the release date is still up in the air.

I'll give you 2 on the wire, the 7 AND the breaks on this going straight to video. Also...reading between the lines, this is some of the things I see:

1. “Every guy that sees this movie will think, ‘Damn, I wish I was doing that in a poolroom’”. <font color=red>Sure we will...there's probably big-breasted Hollywood bimbos in it!</font color=red>

2. "...and Sardo Tight Rack." <font color=red> Sardo says "to make viewing the movie easier for everyone, we will wet the carpet, make divots in the floor and spot all of the seats right up front instead of the usual seating arrangements. This way, it is fairer for everyone."</font color=red>

3. “This is a dream come true for a lot of people in this movie”, said Mars. <font color=red>Translated: a lot of us haven't worked in awhile.</font color=red>

4. But perhaps the most objective opinions came from a non-pool player who was totally unbiased, who has never even seen a pool movie and who regularly walks out of movies she doesn’t like. Laurie Britton, a friend of Donny Olhausen, put it all together. “I didn’t expect to like it, so I was quite pleased that it was as good as it was. I stayed glued to it. It had a good story line. The acting was good. Mars was actually quite a good actor and I had never heard of him. And I was a bit surprised that it got me enthralled about pool in general. It made me actually want to learn how to play pool. I would like to see it again.” <font color=red>She was DRUNK.</font color=red>

5. "The next big question remains the same:" <font color=red>The real "next question" is: Will BLOCKBUSTER have it on the "New Releases" wall or will it be relegated to the aisle with movies in foriegn languages and subtitles?</font color=red>

6. "But perhaps the most objective opinions came from a non-pool player who was totally unbiased, who has never even seen a pool movie and who regularly walks out of movies she doesn’t like. Laurie Britton, a friend of Donny Olhausen,..." <font color=red>UNBIASED??? Please...Donny Olhausen? Olhausen Pool Tables? He probably provided the tables for the movie, invested heavily as a financial backer of the pic ANDpaid for her mink coat! (ALL "privately invited" viewers of a movie's first screening were mink coats, don't they? UNBIASED MY ASS. </font color=red>

Regards,

Ken (hopes it shows at the local theater...I love a jumbo tub of hot buttered movie popcorn, a box of Junior Mints and a 44 oz. Dr. Pepper...all for only $27.95 (not including the cost of the movie ticket!)

http://www.cuetimes.com/Articles/Other_Articles/0402_Poolhall_Junkies/Group_web.jpg

The "Stars" AND the "movie review committee."

04-08-2002, 01:16 AM
Wow, Rackmup, you really seem to have your feathers rustled! As far as I am concerned, I don't care if it is biased, I would just like to see another pool movie on the big screen. So they used an article as an advertisement; so what...? If it does go to the big screen, no one is forcing you to spend all the money at the box office to go see it or any other movie. It just seems strange that you appear to be so against a movie that I assume you haven't seen yet. Just my opinion...I'm not trying to start an argument here! -Chisolm

Cueless Joey
04-08-2002, 02:26 AM
Jim, I heard HBO is making a bio-pic based on Keith MCready's life. The budget is around 5 million dollars. Or, 6 mil if they use real booze.
Pool Hall Junkies must really suck. Ricky Schroeder playing a role based on Tang Hoa. Jeesh!

rackmup
04-08-2002, 05:56 AM
Chisolm,

First of all, I don't have feathers...second, if I did, they would not get ruffled (I iron everything) and lastly, I too, look forward to the movie's release. I will watch it at least 200 times, just as I did "The Color of Money."

My post was an attempt at humor, as weak as it may have been, in your opinion.

Regards,

Ken (misunderstood by many, understood by few)

04-09-2002, 02:06 AM
Hey Ken,

Thanx for the reply...I did misunderstand your post... now re-reading it, it's really funny! I thought you were some disgruntled ex-worker on the film or something! Let me know where you watch it those 200 times...I'll meet you and bring the beer for at least 150 of them...!
Also, I have to say you have the best graphic/logo for your name on your posts... -chisolm