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
diane lane is just wondeful for many yrs and this must of been early in her career snice she is much more sophisticated in recent yrs. Yet she was just terrific in this part she carried Matt Dillion who is not the greatest Putting it kindly. The remaining cast all wer above avg. I enjoyed the movie very much. They tend not to make movies that have a simple story well told without flashbacks and skipped data so you can guess what happens next-maybe. Great show if you like straight forward movies.