GenreDrama, Romance, Thriller Duration CountryUnited States
DirectorHarold Becker, Ben Bolt WriterClark Howard, Robert Roy Pool Release dateSeptember 25, 1987 Music directorMike Melvoin, Frank Fitzpatrick CastMatt Dillon (J.C. Cullen), Diane Lane (Lorry Dane), Tommy Lee Jones (George Cole), Bruce Dern (M. Edwards), Lee Grant (Ferguson Edwards), Tom Skerritt (Phil Carpenter) Similar moviesMississippi Grind, California Split, The Gambler, The Big Gamble, Diner, Tazza: The Hidden Card
TaglineLady luck is always on his side. Tonight, she's on fire.
The big town 1987 trailer
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.