Cinema: The Big Gamble

Mickey One. "I'm guilty of not being innocent," says the piano-playing nightclub comic, Warren Beatty. On the lam in Chicago under an unpronounceable alias shortened to "Mickey One " he is convinced that he is going to be rubbed out by an unnamed mob because of a gambling debt. "I owe somebody a fortune," he insists, though the debt he owes appears to be the price that an affluent modern society exacts for such bounties as money, success, fame, women, fast cars and all the rest of it.

In this admirably ambitious drama Director...

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