A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

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A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

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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)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,459,126 (USA) (11 September 1998)

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$22,905,674 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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Director of photography Jean-Yves Escoffier based the look of the film not from the neon garishness of New York but on somber Flemish art. See more »

Goofs

The card player sitting across from Worm in jail removes a cigarette from his ear twice. See more »

Quotes

Mike McDermott: [Narrating during the college fraternity game] It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money.
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Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Iron Man 2 (2010) See more »

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Brandenburg Concerto #1
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
Jim Long Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Zomba Music Service
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Interesting story, great acting
3 March 1999 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Have to first mention the great performances by Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, and Martin Landeau. Good story, although Worm was one the biggest jerks I've seen interpreted on film lately. Really liked the narration of what's going on during high stakes poker matches. Talked to poker playing people who thought the game was represented well. The one-on-ones between Damon and Malkovich were terrific.


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