The Outsider

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Released 2006

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The Outsider

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2006
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The Outsider is a documentary portrait of director James Toback, the maverick filmmaker responsible for films like "The Gambler," "The Pick-Up Artist," "Fingers" and "Bugsy." Toback graduated from Harvard in 1966 and taught creative writing classes at the City College of New York, where he wrote the screenplay for "The Gambler" in his spare time. Toback is a self-confessed addictive personality, with a voracious appetite for gambling, women and illegal substances which his friends unsparing make note of in this film. The screenplay for "The Gambler" was highly autobiographical, and follows a New York City English professor as his life spirals out of control because of a gambling addiction. Celebrities interviewed here who recount Toback's genius and appetites include Robert Downy Jr., who starred in Toback's 1987 film "The Pick-Up Artist," film critic Roger Ebert, and filmmaker Woody Allen. The Outsider was directed by Nicholas Jarecki and was filmed while Toback worked on his 2004 film, "When Will I Be Loved."moreless

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  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    An ideal introduction to Toback's output as well as a welcome elucidation for longtime fans. Apart from those worthy functions, The Outsider is also shrewdly made, illuminating its...

  • 70

    Variety

    Jarecki has produced more of a Friar's Club roast than a document, with the negative aspects of the subject made funny, and the positive inflated.

  • 50

    The New York Times

    A tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.

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