Directed by Terry Jastrow
Caught in “The Squeeze”, Chris McDonald and Jeremy Sumpter tee off in high stakes gambling matches careening through the South and landing in Las Vegas in Terry Jastrow’s feature film directorial debut from his screenplay based on a true story.
Produced by Terry Jastrow (7 Emmys and 17 nominations as a Television Sports Director, Olympic Games, Wide World of Sports) along with George Parra (“Sideways” “The Descendants” “Silver Linings Playbook”), Anne Archer (“Fatal Attraction” “Patriot Games” “Clear and Present Danger”), Michael Doven (“Mission Impossible” “The Last Samurai”) and Brian McCormack (“The Lucky Ones”).
Post Production is underway on the independent feature film “The Squeeze” starring Chris McDonald (“Happy Gilmore” “Requiem for a Dream”) and Jeremy Sumpter (“Peter Pan” “Friday Night Lights”). The film also stars Michael Nouri (“Flashdance” “The Proposal”), Katherine LaNasa (“The Campaign” “Alfie”) and Jillian Murray (“Never back Down” “Cougar Hunting”).
Jastrow’s behind the scenes creative team includes Director of Cinematography, Taron Lexton, Production Designer Sephen Lineweaver and Costume Designer Ellen Falguiere.
Produced by Terry Jastrow, Brian McCormack , Michael Doven, Anne Archer, and George Parra.
When Augie Baccas (Jeremy Sumpter), a common man of uncommon skills, living in a small rural town wins his one day City Golf Championship by 15 shots breaking his own course record, a dapper Southern gentleman gambler, Riverboat (Chris McDonald) and his over-the-top bejeweled wife, Jessie (Katherine LaNasa) who are driving cross country from Mississippi to Las Vegas hear of this uncommonly gifted young golfer on local radio. They turn off the highway and head for the local muni course to find young Augie and convince him to abandon his dreams of qualifying for the US Open and come play for Riverboat in high-stake gambling matches.
Angering his long time girlfriend Natalie (Jillian Murray) beyond words as she watches him abandon his dreams and compromise his integrity, Augie continues to use his uncommon talent to win higher and higher stakes matches until they’re finally run out of town and head for Las Vegas. Playing for even higher stakes, Augie finds himself pitted against notorious Vegas gambler Jimmy Diamonds (Michael Nouri) who has known connections to the mob. Augie continues to win every match until Jimmy Diamonds, fed up with the scam, breaks into Augie’s hotel room and informs him if he doesn’t lose the next day’s million dollar match he’ll end up at the bottom of a swimming pool wearing lead boots. Fearing for his life, Augie attempts to escape but is discovered by a very angry Riverboat who counters with a similar fate. Win or lose, he’s dead.