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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it's immoral to let a sucker keep his money See more »

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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$22,905,674 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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Soon after their roles here, both Tom Aldredge and Michael Rispoli would go on to play key roles in The Sopranos (1999), as would John Turturro's sister Aida Turturro. See more »

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New York State Police cars are shown with blue and red lights on their roofs, but in New York, the State Police use only red lights. See more »

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Moogie: [behind the counter of his store convenient store] Hey, lemme ask you a question. In the legal sense, can fuckin' Steinbrenner move the Yankees? Does he have the fuckin' right to just move them?
Mike McDermott: [while dropping off deliveries] How should I know that?
Moogie: You didn't learn that yet?
Mike McDermott: No, we get to Steinbrenner in third year law school.
Moogie: Oh...
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 7 May 2015 (2015) 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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This is NOT a Hold 'Em Tutorial
12 July 2005 | by (Greensboro, NC) – See all my reviews

This film was unjustly panned as lethargic and bleak without a purpose. Considering how Hold 'Em has developed into one of the biggest social fads in the last decade, I would say that this film captures every emotional aspect the 'swings' of No Limit typically carry.

I had absolutely no idea how to play the game when I first saw this movie about five years ago. The dialogue is wrought with jargon that almost makes a mockery of itself. Especially since much of the movie is done with voice-over, I can see where critics are coming from. However, the viewer should not allow themselves to get bogged down with it all, we get the gist with well-developed staging and performances.

Damon and Norton play off each other better than Damon and Affleck. Though the story echoes in the wake of Scorsese's 'Mean Streets', the performances seem more detailed than the Keitel/DeNiro combo. The supporting roles add great depth to the film, and Tutorro shines as the wise-old has-been that successfully provides Damon's character with the cold-hard truth he never seems to adhere to (until it is too late).

Above all, we feel compelled to cheer for Damon's Mike McDermott the ENTIRE time. He acknowledges his 'bad' play but constantly tries to explain that this is a game of skill and not luck. This is an important element considering the widely accepted belief that any success in gambling is the result of luck. This may be true in the bloodsucking casinos, but in Hold 'Em you play the chips AND the man.

Now that baseball is out of the Olympics, perhaps we will see a push for a true "WORLD Series of Poker". Then again, I also wanted to see 'Four Square' made into an official event when I was 8, so maybe I'm just talking out of my ass...

Should be commended as a precursor to a pandemic fad that is costing teens (and their parents) millions daily.

*** (of ****)


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