Saint Jack

Saint Jack

Ben Gazzara
Director: Peter Bogdanovich Cast: Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
, Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
, James Villiers
James Villiers
Peter Bogdanovich


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After a couple of major studio flops, Peter Bogdanovich returned to his 1960s filmmaking roots with this Roger Corman-produced low budget film. Easygoing expatriate Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara) makes his living in early-1970s Singapore legally and illegally looking after the needs of American and British businessmen, such as the mild-mannered William Leigh (Denholm Elliott). With his gift for putting clients and girls at ease, Jack opens a successful brothel, but pressure from local mobsters soon puts him out of business. Ever the survivor, he starts working for the shady, Cuban-cigar-smoking Eddie Schuman (Bogdanovich) as a pimp for GIs on breaks from Vietnam. But Jack's conscience starts to dog him when Schuman hires him to take compromising pictures of a visiting Senator (George Lazenby). Adapted by Bogdanovich, Howard O. Sackler, and Paul Theroux from Theroux's novel, Saint Jack offers a pimp with a heart of gold, who is less an ugly colonial American abroad than an outsider trying to make the best of a bad situation. Shooting on location in Singapore, cinematographer Robby Müller lends an appropriately gritty look to the matter-of-fact narrative. With restrained and forceful performances by Gazzara and Elliott, Saint Jack was something of a succès d'estime for the embattled Bogdanovich, winning the Italian Journalist Award for Best Film at the 1979 Venice Film Festival. While not a box-office success, it remains an affecting and unsung character study of a man's desire to forge a reasonably honorable life in a dishonorable profession.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2015
UPC: 0738329201678
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Scorpion Releasing
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 35,324

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Peter Bogdanovich; On Camera Interview with Peter Bogdanovich; Brand New On Camera Interview with Producer Roger Corman; Original Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara Jack Flowers
Denholm Elliott William Leigh
James Villiers Frogget
Joss Ackland Yardley
Rodney Bewes Smale
Mark Kingston Yates
Lisa Lu Mrs. Yates
Monika Subramaniam Monika
Judy Lim Judy
George Lazenby Senator
Peter Bogdanovich Eddie Schuman
Joseph Noel Gopi
David Lazenby Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director,Screenwriter
William Carruth Editor
Roger Corman Producer
Hugh Hefner Executive Producer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
David Ng Art Director
Edward L. Rissien Executive Producer
Jean-Pierre Ruh Sound/Sound Designer
Howard O. Sackler Screenwriter
Paul Theroux Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saint Jack
1. Chapter 1 [5:07]
2. Chapter 2 [6:15]
3. Chapter 3 [5:08]
4. Chapter 4 [3:10]
5. Chapter 5 [7:55]
6. Chapter 6 [5:49]
7. Chapter 7 [10:23]
8. Chapter 8 [7:43]
9. Chapter 9 [6:52]
10. Chapter 10 [6:37]
11. Chapter 11 [6:58]
12. Chapter 12 [8:59]
13. Chapter 13 [4:59]
14. Chapter 14 [4:48]
15. Chapter 15 [10:03]
16. Chapter 16 [7:25]
17. Chapter 17 [6:34]
18. Chapter 18 [:03]

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