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The Big Town Details


The Big Town is Chicago, circa 1957. Matt Dillon stars as a small-town crapshooter who heads to the Windy City to seek his fortune. There he becomes the pawn of two high-rolling professional gamblers, played by Lee Grant and Bruce Dern. He later gets mixed up in a revenge scheme cooked up by Diane Lane, the embittered wife of strip-joint owner Tommy Lee Jones. Before he knows what's happened, Dillon is embroiled in two torrid romances, one with Lane and the other with "nice" girl Suzy Amis; he also nearly loses his life by ending up in the middle of a deadly feud between Dern and Jones. Based on The Arm, a novel by Clark Howard, Big Town tends towards uneveness, a result perhaps of the defection of its first director, Harold Becker. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 25, 1987


Matt Dillon
as J.C. Cullen
Diane Lane
as Lorry Dane
Tommy Lee Jones
as George Cole
Bruce Dern
as Mr. Edwards
Lee Grant
as Ferguson Edwards
Tom Skerritt
as Phil Carpenter
Suzy Amis
as Aggie Donaldson
David Marshall Grant
as Sonny Binkley
Cherry Jones
as Ginger McDonald
Robert Morelli
as Sideburns
John Evans
as Marvin Brown
Meg Hogarth
as Dorothy Cullen
Don Francks
as Carl Hooker
Ken McGregor
as Bartender
Chris Benson
as Shooter
Marc Strange
as Madigan
Mark Danton
as Prager
Richard Comar
as Gem Club Gambler
Del Close
as Deacon Daniels
Steve Yorke
as Garage Boy
Angelo Rizacos
as Harold
Sam Malkin
as Bernstein
Kirsten Bishop
as Adele
Chris Owens
as Garage Boy
David James Elliott
as Cool Guy
Don Lake
as Patsy Fuqua
Lolita Davidovich
as Black Lace Stripper
Len Doncheff
as Gem Club Gambler
Errol Slue
as Friendly Guy
Alar Aedma
as Doorman
Diego Matamoros
as Sid
Gerry Pearson
as Baptist Preacher
Michael Caruana
as Gem Club Gambler
Sarah Polley
as Christy Donaldson
Layne Coleman
as Murphy
Gary Farmer
as Duke
J. Winston Carroll
as Detective
Hugo Dann
as Elmo
Sean McCann
as Roy Mc Mullin


Ben Bolt
Martin Ransohoff
Clark Howard
Book Author
Robert Roy Pool
Ralf Bode
Cliff Friend
Featured Music
Lillie McAlpin
George Motola
Glen Douglas
Lincoln Chase
Henry Glover
Kurt Weill
Featured Music
Michael Melvoin
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Cash
Lattie Moore
John Marascalco
Stuart H. Pappe
Maher Ahmad
Art Director
Dan Yarhi
Art Director
Don Carmody
Jon Turtle
Associate Producer
Mark Freeborn
Set Designer
Rose Marie McSherry
Set Designer
Raymond Fleischman
Set Designer
Wendy Partridge
Costume Designer
Neil Trifunovich
Special Effects
Don French
First Assistant Director
Nancy Klopper
Katherine Southern