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Born To Win (1971)

Side-burned hepcat Jay Jay (George Segal) learnt his effortless charm while dressing the hair of the ladies of New York City, but despite still checking out Vidal Sassoon’s latest, he’s given up his curling tongs for life as a heroin-addicted petty thief.

While his wife etches out a living as a smack whore, Jay Jay runs around trying to steal safes with junk buddy Billy Dynamite (Jay Fletcher).

Things look up when the rich, kooky, folk-singing hippie Parm (Karen Black) catches him trying to steal her car and invites him up to her place to lick her arms. His luck runs out though when cops lock him in a tumble drier until he agrees to help set up his supplier (Hector Elizondo).

Wise to the sting, The Geek cuts off Jay Jay’s supply, leaving him all alone while Billy Dynamite shoots up battery acid and the peeved cops plant drugs on Parm and lock her away for eternity.

Paula Prentiss appears for less than five minutes and British actress Sylvia Syms crops up as a cashier in the diner.

De Niro (pictured at right) shows little star potential at this stage.

Jay Jay
George Segal
Parm
Karen Black
Billy Dynamite
Jay Fletcher
The Geek
Hector Elizondo
Marlene
Marcia Jean Kurtz
Stanley
Irving Selbst
Danny
Robert De Niro
Veronica
Paula Prentiss
Cashier
Sylvia Syms

Director
Ivan Passer