Born to Win

Rated R 90 minutes 1971

Born to Win is the grimly ironic title of this jet-black comedy about heroin addicts. George Segal plays Jay Jay, an ex-hairdresser who struggles to support his expensive drug habit. To avoid arrest, Jay Jay turns narc, informing on his fellow junkies. Eventually Jay Jay's sense of self-hatred threatens to overwhelm him. Also released as Born to Lose and Addict, Born to Win was the first American film for Czech director Ivan Passer.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Ivan Passer

Writer: David Scott Milton and Ivan Passer

Cast: George Segal, Robert De Niro, Paula Prentiss, Karen Black, Jay Fletcher, Hector Elizondo, Ed Madsen, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Irving Selbst and Tim Pelt

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