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Pool Hall Prophets (aka "The Shooting Gallery")

A street-smart pool player falls in with a pack of hustlers. As he rises in the underground circuit, he lands in the middle of a match between his boss and a crooked cop.

Genre - Thriller

Director(s) - Keoni Waxman

Writer(s) - Keoni Waxman

Cast - Ving Rhames, Freddy Prinze Jr. and Callum Keith Rennie, Roselyn Sanchez and Angus McFadyen

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Distributor(s) - Seven Arts Pictures, First Look Home Entertainment, DEJ Productions

Release Date - 2006

Synopsis - Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Jericho Hudson, a pool shark who plays his way into the "tribe" of a local gangster/pool hall owner, "Cue Ball" Carl Bridges (Ving Rhames). Jericho's skills earn him a quick move up in rank to become Carl's top guy.

A seedy vice cop named Mortensen (Callum Keith Rennie) wants a piece of the action, forcing a contest between Carl and his nemesis, a pool shark named Tenderloin Tony (Angus McFadyen).

What Mortensen really wants is a tape in Carl's possession that depicts the gory murder of his partner, and he's willing to do anything to get it. Jericho wants no part of of the feud, but he's pressured on both sides.

Release Data:
Poolhall Prophets/Shooting Gallery was released in the U.S. on Dec. 27, 2005, in Germany in 2006 and in Iceland and Japan in 2007. Came out on U.S. DVD on Dec. 26, 2005.

Viewers' Ratings':
More than half of the 461 users of the Internet Movie Database website who evaluated this movie through March 10, 2008 gave it positive ratings. The group that rated this film highest was females under age 18 (who rated it 8.5 out of 10 on average), followed by females 45 and older (6.0) and females 30-44(5.7).

Critics' Kudos:
Vince Leo, Qwipster's Movie Reviews: "Waxman does do a stylish job in the presentation. The story itself is pure glamorized fantasy, with Ving Rhames always the epitome of cool in his pimped-out wardrobe, 8-Ball cane, stogie, and chicken feet appetite. Roselyn Sanchez is certainly easy on the eyes. The film employs a great deal of titillation in terms of violence, gangsters, hot babes, and underworld fantasies. The footage of actual pool playing is well-shot."

Johnny Web, Movie House Commentary: "It's the Paul Newman mix-and-match movie! Take the billiards action from The Hustler and mix it with the con artistry from The Sting, and you have Shooting Gallery. Don't be put off by the fact that it went straight to video, or that it stars Freddie Prinze Jr. in the Fast Eddie role.

"Shooting Gallery is actually well done for a movie with a limited budget. The photography is quite stylized. It takes place in a sleazy section of N'awlins, and the photographic style accentuates the gritty look of the neighborhood.

"A very substantial portion of the running time is devoted to actual games of 9-ball, so your enjoyment of the movie will be directly correlated to your interest in that game. If you're into that sort of thing, there are some great games with some great shots, and they are actually made by the actors on camera. Heaven knows how many takes some of those shots required, but a lot of it is explained in the various featurettes. I found it reasonably engaging. After a while, I stopped worrying about the details of the counter-stings, and just enjoyed the atmosphere and some of the crazy characterizations. And Prinze did fine as the straight man."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Written and Directed by Keoni Waxman (Sweepers, Local Boys, Lost Treasure).

Stars Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible, Con Air, Dawn of the Dead, Dave, Striptease, Jacob's Ladder; three major awards and 18 nominations for movies and TV films including Rosewood, Kojak, Baby Boy, Don King: Only in America, Sins of the Father, Mission Impossible 2 and Bringing Out the Dead); Freddy Prinze Jr. (Wing Commander, Summer Catch, The House of Yes, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Sparkler, Head Over Heels; six awards and eight nominations for works including She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Down to You and Scooby-Doo); Callum Keith Rennie (five Canadian awards and six nominations for works including Last Night, Due South and Falling Angels); Roselyn Sanchez (Basic, Boat Trip, Chasing Papi, Dragnet, Captain Ron; four major award nominations for works including Rush Hour 2, Without a Trace and Kojak) and Angus McFadyen (Titus, Braveheart, Equilibrium, Saw III, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Cradle Will Rock and The Rat Pack).

Cast includes Devon Sawa (Casper, Now and Then, SLC Punk, Slackers, Little Giants, The Boys Club, A Cool Dry Place; won Saturn Award for Final Destination; award noms for that film, Idle Hands and Night of the Twisters); Robert Pralgo (Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Last Goodbye); Jon Thomas (Deal) and Daniel Newman (Last Goodbye, The Feeding, Vicious, Blood Bath).

Executive Producers are Stephen Break (Slow Burn, My Date With Drew, The Matador); Morris Bart (Factory Girl); John H. Brister (In Enemy Hands, Rocket's Red Glare, Soccer Dog: The Movie, Soccer Dog: European Cup); Damon Martin (Northfork, Che Guevara, The Great New Wonderful); Alexander Tabrizi (Bloodsport 2, Blonde and Blonder, Cyborg 3: The Recycler, Framed, Strip Search) and Michael Arata (The Scoundrel's Wife, Shalom Y'all, Deal).

Producers are Susan Hoffman (Murder by Numbers, Single White Female, The Believer, Kiss of Death, Before and After, Under Cover); John J. Anderson (Tresspassing, Infidelity); Keoni
Waxman (Almost Blue) and Michael Mullen (American Girl, The Third Wheel).

Original Music by Machine Head (Freddy vs. Jason, Hooligans, The Animatrix).

Cinematography by Steven Finestone (Swimming With Sharks, Bad Boy, I Shot a Man in Vegas).

Film Editing by Michael J. Duthie (Stargate, Stigmata, Open Range, 3000 Miles to Graceland, The Badge, Shout at the Devil) and Eric Strand (Donnie Darko, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lethal Weapon 4, Grind).

Production Design by Alex Tavoularis (Beethoven, Heavy Metal, An American Rhapsody, King of New York and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills) and Frank Zito (Crossroads, Glory Road).

Costume Design by Jillian Kreiner (Playback, Waiting, Playtime, Beyond Desire).

Special Effects by Jack Lynch (Miami Vice, Arlington Road, The Punisher, The Life of David Gale, Secondhand Lions, Idiocracy, Last Holiday).

DVD Extras:
The DVD has three featurettes: one on trick shots, one on the making of the film and one on poolhall lingo.

Internet Movie Database entry for Pool Hall Prophets

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