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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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Joey Knish
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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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Trust everyone... but always cut the cards See more »

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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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$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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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 »

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In the first hand of the last game, Teddy was playing dealer and had had the big blind out while Mike had the small blind out and acted first. In a heads up match, the dealer is the small blind and is the first to act. See more »

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Worm: [standing up facing him] I guess the sayings' true. In the poker game of life, women are the rake man. They are the fuckin' rake.
Mike McDermott: [siting in a chair in his apartment] What the fuck are you talkin' about. What saying?
Worm: I-I don't know. There ought to be one though.
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Still outstanding - with added dimension now
14 October 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Watching this movie again, now, it is somewhat different from viewing it eight years ago. With the many television programs featuring professional poker players, and amateurs who have won or bought entry into the tournaments, there are millions more people interested in, and familiar with, this game than in 1998.

The Travel Channel originated the "World Poker Tour," and even has now added a spin-off. ESPN and FOX, as well as others, have their own tourneys. You not only can play poker on-line - for about any stakes you'd like - but have umpteen sites from which to select.

Johnny Chan and Eric Seidel were the two professionals shown in the movie, and they are still among the best. Phil Helmuth and Doyle Brunson (the "Babe Ruth" of Texas Hold'em) were mentioned in the dialog; both are also prominent, and the latter the paterfamilias to all. I enjoy watching the television presentations, but not nearly as much as a lot of my friends, and even I can now name about thirty of the prominent players by name without drawing a breath or pondering.

In the days of the movie, and preceding, the singular "World Series of Poker" was held in Vegas annually, at Binion's, and paid $1-million to the winner. Now the television shows present something weekly, in exotic locales throughout the U. S., in France the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and on luxury liners - often with top prizes well over $1-million. Sometimes even the 2nd place finisher receives more than a million, and those finishing lower get several hundred thousand.

Nonetheless, this film is just as entertaining, and has an additional point of interest it didn't possess when released. In just eight years, it has become sort of a "classic," a depiction of an earlier period ("the old days"), of its subject matter - something that usually takes a play, book or film, say, 30 or 40 years to do.

Damon, Norton, Malcovich, Tuturro, Landau - and all the rest of the cast - are outstanding and engaging in their roles.

There is one final aspect which those more interested and experienced in serious poker (even if well-below the $1,000,000 level) can appreciate, too. Even in Malcovich's shabby gambling loft, filled with seedy characters, mob muscle guys, loan sharks, etc. - there still is a sense of honor in paying debts (even if their criteria might vary from, say, you neighborhood banker), and you could leave your chips to visit the restroom or take a break, and return to find them intact. By contrast, most of the "neighborhood bankers," and even a large percentage of your average citizens, in the same situation, would likely help themselves to a few of your chips, "by accident," if they felt you wouldn't discover. {In the story, even John Malcovich's character, "KGB," the proprietor of the "non-licensed" poker room, and a Russian gangster, admits in the finale that Matt has "...beat me straight up; pay him (he pronounces it 'heeem'); pay that man his ('heees') money ('mooohney'). Although he doesn't do it graciously, even this wholly-unsympathetic individual is honorable in this context.}

In addition to the main characters and supporting cast, the others encountered in the many gambling venues visited are also thoroughly interesting, realistic and fascinating.


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