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Rounders (1998)

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

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Cast

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Jo
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Paul Cicero ...
Russian Thug
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Kenny
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Merwin Goldsmith ...
Sy
Sonny Zito ...
Tony
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Irving
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Savino
Peter Yoshida ...
Henry Lin
Jay Boryea ...
Russian Thug #2
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A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

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In The Game Of Life... Play The Cards You're Dealt See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apuesta final  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,459,126, 13 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,905,674, 8 November 1998
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Neve Campbell turned down the role of Jo. See more »

Goofs

As Mike talks to the professor in the bar about Mike missing the meeting, the professor's cigarette swaps hands repeatedly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mike McDermott: [eating together at The Noodle Bar inside The Mirage] What's with kiting my checks?
Lester 'Worm' Murphy: I'm on empty that's why
Mike McDermott: You're tapped again? How much was the hooker?
Lester 'Worm' Murphy: "Relaxation therapist" that's not where it went
Mike McDermott: You lost it to Roman and Maurice? I told you, you didn't have to give it all back to them, take some money for your time
Lester 'Worm' Murphy: That's not where it went either. I ran into Grama tonight he took everything I had
Mike McDermott: Who's he working for?
Lester 'Worm' Murphy: His sort of out on his own, this fucker went around and bought up all my...
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Soundtracks

I Hate Myself For Loving You
Written by Joan Jett & Desmond Child
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Who would have thought a film about Poker would be so good?
16 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

There is a lot of good stuff in this film. You have a great story, an excellent cast, excellent directing, and a couple great games of poker.

When I first heard about this film, I was a bit skeptical. It's a game about poker, how exciting can it be? The fact that Edward Norton was in the film was the prime reason I wanted to see "Rounders". After seeing the film, I couldn't believe how much I liked it. The film flows very well from start to finish and you can't wait to see what happens in the next scene. Also, the film is filled with interesting, well-written characters.

As I mentioned above, the cast is fantastic. You have Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Martin Landau and some small roles by Melina Kanakaredes (of "Providence") and Goran Visnjic (of "ER"). Matt Damon is quite a good actor and this is just another great film to add to his list of already impressive roles. Edward Norton is fantastic as "Worm", he plays a truly unlikeable person, but at the same time you respect him for taking the fall for his friends. John Tuturro is excellent, as always, he has such a cool style about him. John Malkovich is superb in his portrayal of Teddy KGB. And the rest of the cast does a great job as well in their respective roles.

If you are a poker fan, then I recommend you see this film, hopefully you'll enjoy it. I myself am not a huge fan of poker, but I do play the occasional game and I loved this film. I loved the characters, the dialogue, the acting, EVERYTHING. I truly hope you enjoy the film. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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