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Rounders (1998)

A young man is a reformed gambler who 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 man is a reformed gambler who 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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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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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

The chips used in both KGB's place and the Chesterfield Club were made by Atlantic Standard Molding (ASM) which makes custom chips for casinos and home games. See more »

Goofs

When Worm approaches Mike at the Taj Mahal poker room and sits down the dealer is "washing" the deck. (Placing all the cards face down and mixing them up before shuffling.) As the camera goes from behind Worm to behind the dealer, the cards go from "washing" to shuffling as the camera angles change. See more »

Quotes

Petra: [in his apartment] Tomorrow's a week
Mike McDermott: A week of what?
Petra: The first two thousand you owe the Chesterfield
Mike McDermott: Oh, worm
Petra: Yeah it's kind of weird he just won eight grand why go out on the line on another two?
Mike McDermott: [referring to the amount of money Worm won] So he took off eight from Roman and Maurice?
Petra: Yeah he comes in after you leave, about twenty minutes later he cashes out for the full amount Maurice hasn't been back since, his been playing across the street, but Worm's been around playing, his run you up just ...
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 7 May 2015 (2015) See more »

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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excellent movie
29 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have no idea if this movie is at all realistic (certainly so many people inhabiting this strata of the poker world can be so good looking), but at least it has the ring of verisimilitude. Not only does it show us the workings of a somewhat exotic (to me, anyway) part of the world, but it manages to do this stylishly while treating us to an interesting character study and a clever plot.

The story is about a young "rounder" who is trying to go straight by going to law school (although our first glimpse of him shows him losing all his money in a high-stakes poker game with a Russian gangster). He quits gambling for a while until a old friend (played by Norton) returns to his life and lands him in deep trouble. What I especially like about the movie is that is starts off as if this plot line is the main subject, when in fact the movie is about this person learning important things about himself. And there is a lot of information about poker...

Damon is especially impressive among a uniformly good cast.


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