Wonderful, offbeat and very Bogdanovich New Hollywood picture stars Ben Gazzara in full "Cosmo Vittelli"/"Jackie Treehorn" mode: "People make love for so many crazy reasons. Why shouldn't money be one of them?"
Produit par Roger CORMAN avec Ben GAZZARA, l'histoire d'un maquereau sympa et d'un bordel tout aussi sympa
Produced by Roger Corman with Ben Gazzara, a story of a nice pimp and a equally nice whorehouse
I love that after years of watching movies I can still discover gems like this. Ben Gazzara plays a similar role to the role in "Killing of a Chinese Bookie", he does this well. Great post-colonial atmosphere with the Vietnam war in the background. I think this film deserves more attention.
CINEMA _ Ben Gazzara is in every shot of this film, always on screen, and just shining with another Cassavetes type performance. He plays Jack Flowers, a kind of successful failure, the guy you need to know to spend a good night in brothel-Singapore (the all place is just humid and filthy but the film makes you feel at home - oh by the way Hugh Hefner is executive producer here). Delightful surprise.
Gazzara walking aloof around Singapore in light flower shirts, smoking cigars and exercising his "yellow fever". With a plot taking a certain direction just to nonchalantly forgo it for something more interesting along the way, "Saint Jack" is a mature example of good spirited New Hollywood.