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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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Cast

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Jo
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Paul Cicero ...
Russian Thug
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Kenny
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Joey Knish
Merwin Goldsmith ...
Sy
Sonny Zito ...
Tony
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Zagosh
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Irving
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Savino
Peter Yoshida ...
Henry Lin
Jay Boryea ...
Russian Thug #2
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Moogie
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You've got to play the hand you're dealt. See more »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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

Gross:

$22,905,674 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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Trivia

Neve Campbell turned down the role of Jo. 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

Mike McDermott: [In bar] Mind if I sit?
Professor Petrovsky: Please, have a seat
Professor Petrovsky: That was a nifty trick the other night
Mike McDermott: Thank you
Professor Petrovsky: Marinacci and the DA were ready to cut cards for your services, of course it was altogether a different trick you pulled today, the disappearing act at your meeting.
Mike McDermott: Yeah, I figured I owe you an explanation.
Professor Petrovsky: No, not to me, I'm sure there was a good reason you left, you just have to work harder, prepare and smooth things out with the others, I'm sure there was a good reason why you left.
Mike McDermott: [nods]
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Funk #49
Written by Jim Fox, Dale Peters and Joe Walsh (as Walsh, Fox & Peters)
Published by MCA Music Publishing
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User Reviews

I really enjoyed this movie, more than I thought I would.
18 August 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I knew "Rounders" had something to do with gambling, and that Matt Damon stars in it, but not much more. So, when I watched it on DVD I was pleasantly surprised how engaging a film it is.

I am not a gambler, so maybe that is part of why I found it so fascinating. Basic story - Damon's character is a 2nd yr law student in NYC, and a good enough poker player that he has aspirations of entering and winning the million-dollar prize in the world series of poker in Lasvegas. However, Ed Norton plays his good buddy just getting out of prison. Norton's character is also a poker player, but also incorporates cheating because that just helps you make money faster. This approach gets both of them in some pretty hot water, and also deep in debt!!

Damon's character has a S.O. played by Gretchen Mol. Her distaste for gambling puts a great strain on their relationship. Will she stay, or will she move out??

And finally, John Malkovich does a wonderful job as the Russian gambler nicknamed "KGB". John Turturro is perfectly cast as Damon's friend and "street" advisor.

I simply found myself caught up in this story, anticipating the next poker game, wondering if they would all get whacked, or survive. Plus, Matt Damon has such a relaxed acting style, with that great smile of his, which makes all of his movies easy to watch.

I rate this one 8 of 10 for the well-done gambling drama depicted here.


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