The Big Town (1987 film)

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The Big Town
The Big Town (1987 film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Bolt
Harold Becker
Produced by Martin Ransohoff
Written by Clark Howard
Robert Roy Pool
Music by Michael Melvoin
Frank Fitzpatrick (Music Editor)
Cinematography Ralf D. Bode
Edited by Stuart H. Pappé
Albacore Productions Inc.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 25, 1987 (1987-09-25)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,733,000

The Big Town is a 1987 film drama about a young man who comes to the big city to work as a professional gambler, in the process becoming romantically involved with two women—one of whom is already married. The film was directed by Ben Bolt and Harold Becker and it stars Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and Tommy Lee Jones.


In 1957, J. C. Cullen is a small-town crapshooter who heads to Chicago, Illinois to seek his fortune. There he becomes the pawn of two high-rolling professional gamblers, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards. He later gets mixed-up in a revenge scheme cooked up by Lorry Dane, the embittered stripper wife of strip-joint owner George Cole. Before he knows what's happened, Cullen is embroiled in two torrid romances: one with Dane and the other with nice girl Aggie Donaldson. He also nearly loses his life by ending up in the middle of a deadly feud between Edwards, Cole, and Phil Carpenter, the man Mr. Edwards accuses of causing him to lose his eyesight.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Matt Dillon J. C. Cullen
Diane Lane Lorry Dane
Tommy Lee Jones George Cole
Bruce Dern Mr. Edwards
Lee Grant Ferguson Edwards
Tom Skerritt Phil Carpenter
Suzy Amis Aggie Donaldson
David Marshall Grant Sonny Binkley
Don Francks Carl Hooker
Del Close Deacon Daniels
Cherry Jones Ginger McDonald
David James Elliott Cool Guy (as David Elliott)
Chris Benson Shooter


The movie received a mixed reception.[1][2][3]

Box office[edit]

The movie was not a box office success.[4]


  1. ^ "Matt Dillon in 'The Big Town'". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Matt Dillon in 'The Big Town'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Big Town". PopMatters. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 

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