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Rounders (1998)

A young, reformed gambler 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, reformed gambler 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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You've got to play the hand you're dealt. 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

If Knish was able to spot Worm base dealing while he was playing against Roman and Maurice, then both Roman and Maurice would have been able to catch him base dealing with the mechanics grip as well. See more »

Quotes

Mike McDermott: [Narrating, while playing in the sheriffs game] Generally the rule is: the nicer the guy, the poorer the card player, these guys despite being cops are real sweet hearts. I'm right on schedule, I'm up forty two hundred. The morning can't get here soon enough.
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Connections

Referenced in Suits: The Other Time (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

That's The Kind Of Girl I Dream Of
Written by Marvin Fisher & Joel Segal
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Reocords
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One of the most widely underrated movies of our time
5 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Rounders is I believe, one of the most widely underrated movies of our time.

I first saw this movie as it was a 'bonus DVD' thrown in for free with my DVD player back in 2000, so naturally I didn't expect much (as the other bonus DVD's were very mediocre), but what I found was a very enjoyable movie.

At that stage in my life, I had only played a little poker as a child growing up, and never 'Texas Hold'em' so to be honest, a lot of the terminology went 'over my head', but even so, the film became an instant favorite of mine purely because of the performances.

The film has so much star power, and yet none of the fine actors try to 'steal' scenes. Damon, Norton, Malkovich, Landau ... and then the fine supporting cast of Turturro, Jansen, and Mol.

In fact, there is a scene with Martin Landau and Matt Damon that is perhaps one of the most beautiful performances I have seen in a long time between two very fine actors.

So even if you're not a poker player, the story is tighter than a lot of Hollywood 'pop fluff' and the performances alone can sell the film as an enjoyable movie capable of multiple viewings.

But ... if you start playing poker and get really into what they are talking about, and reading about poker theory (like Doyle Brunson's book Super System) then the movie moves up to a whole different level.

A lot of the time, Hollywood will attempt to cover a specialized error, and usually fail, or at best only partially succeed, whereas Rounders managed to get everything 'spot on', just look at the US DVD, it has a commentary track from 4 World Champion Poker players, if that's not a stamp of approval then I don't know what is.

When you factor in how the film can be enjoyed by someone who has little to no idea about Poker (as I did when I first saw the film) just because of the tight story and stellar performances and also be 'immortalized' by poker enthusiasts as the best movie ever made on the subject (and truth be told, a big reason why the World Series of Poker has been doubling it's entries year after year) ... what you have here is a true gem that works on so many levels and what I believe is, as I said initially, one of the most widely underrated movies of our time.


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