Cinema: Down the Block


Directed by ROBERT MULLIGAN Screenplay by ERIC ROTH

Everyone on the street calls Cooper the "key man" because he carries a great many around on a large ring and because he seems to be at the very center of all the action. His is, in any case, a poor fiefdom, a small hunk of downtown territory in an unnamed city that is clearly Los Angeles. Cooper holds court in bars, keeps a small, dusty office in which even the sunlight is encrusted. He is a fixer and a mover: he puts up bail bond, regulates the steady flow of petty...

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