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

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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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Two crucial scenes involve head to head poker games between Matt Damon and John Malkovich. Damon and Malkovich would each later play the character Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Ripley's Game (2002), respectively. See more »

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When Mike and Worm visit Grama together, Grama lists the amount owed as $25,000. This was the original amount owed, but he already took the first $10K back from Worm. Later in the same scene, Grama goes back to demanding the correct $15K amount. See more »

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Mike McDermott: [Narrating] The game in question is no limit Texas hold'em minimum buy in twenty five thousand dollars a game like this doesn't come around often outside the casinos, the stakes attract rich flounders and they in turn attract the sharks, each player is dealt two cards face down then five cards are dealt face up these are known as community cards everyone can use to make the best five card hand, the key to the game is playing the man, not the cards, there's no other game in which fortunes can ...
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Strada Del Bosco
Written by De Michele, Cesare A. Bixio (as Bixlo), Rusconi & Nicola Salerno (as Nisa)
Performed by Mario Napoletano
Courtesy of Sherman Records
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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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