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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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Matt Damon ... Mike McDermott

Gretchen Mol ... Jo

John Malkovich ... Teddy KGB
Paul Cicero ... Russian Thug

Ray Iannicelli ... Kenny

John Turturro ... Joey Knish
Merwin Goldsmith ... Sy
Sonny Zito ... Tony

Josh Mostel ... Zagosh

Mal Z. Lawrence ... Irving

Lenny Clarke ... Savino
Peter Yoshida ... Henry Lin
Jay Boryea ... Russian Thug #2

Lenny Venito ... Moogie

Martin Landau ... Abe Petrovsky

Richard Mawe ... Professor Eisen
Michael Lombard ... D.A. Shields

Tom Aldredge ... Judge Marinacci
Beeson Carroll ... Judge Kaplan
E. Matthew Yavne ... Professor Green (as Matthew Yavne)

Edward Norton ... Worm

Erik LaRay Harvey ... Roy (as Eric LaRay Harvey)
Dominic Marcus ... Dowling

Brian Anthony Wilson ... Derald
George Kmeck ... Prison Guard
Joseph Parisi ... Property Guard (as Joe Parisi)

Melina Kanakaredes ... Barbara

Kohl Sudduth ... Wagner

Charlie Matthes ... Birch

Hank Jacobs ... Steiny

Chris Messina ... Higgins

Famke Janssen ... Petra
Michael Ryan Segal ... Griggs

Kerry O'Malley ... Kelly

Slava Schoot ... Roman

Goran Visnjic ... Maurice

Michael Rispoli ... Grama
Michele Zanes ... Taj Dealer

Allan Havey ... Guberman
Joey Vega ... Freddy Face (as Joe Vega)

Neal Hemphill ... Claude
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. ... Judge McKinnon
Johnny Chan ... Johnny Chan (as Jon C. Chan)

Lisa Gorlitsky ... Sherry
John Di Benedetto ... LaRossa
Nicole Brier ... Sunshine

Bill Camp ... Eisenberg
Tony Hoty ... Taki

Mario Mendoza ... Zizzo

Joe Zaloom ... Cronos
Sal Richards ... Johnny Gold

Josh Pais ... Weitz
John Gallagher ... Bartender

Adam LeFevre ... Sean Frye

P.J. Brown ... Vitter

David Zayas ... Osborne
Michael Arkin ... Bear
Murphy Guyer ... Detweiler
Alan Davidson ... Cabbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akiko Ashley ... Hooker (uncredited)

Dar Billingham ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Marcelline Block ... Law Student (uncredited)

Tim Carr ... Cardsharp (uncredited)
Salvatore Cavaliere ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Hans Cozzens ... Card Player (uncredited)

Brian Donahue ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Bill Golodner ... Russian Thug (uncredited)
Michael Griffith ... Broke Gambler (uncredited)
Jason Hale ... College Student (uncredited)
Roberto Lopez ... Card Player (uncredited)

George F. Miller ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Robert Sean Miller ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Natasha Pavlovich ... Hostess (uncredited)

Maria Soccor ... Atlantic City Call Girl (uncredited)
Vinny Vella ... Card Player at KGB's (uncredited)

Directed by
John Dahl 
Writing credits
David Levien (written by) &
Brian Koppelman (written by)

Produced by
Bobby Cohen .... executive producer
Ted Demme .... producer
Tracy Falco .... associate producer
Christopher Goode .... associate producer
Kerry Orent .... executive producer
Joel Stillerman .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Escoffier (director of photography) (as Jean Yves Escoffier)
Film Editing by
Scott Chestnut 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Robert Pearson  (as Rob Pearson)
Art Direction by
Rick Butler 
Set Decoration by
Beth Kushnick 
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
Makeup Department
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist
Rita Ogden .... additional makeup artist
Anthony Veader .... key hair stylist
Carla White .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Goode .... unit production manager
Robert Hackl .... post-production supervisor (as Robert A. Hackl)
Margo Myers .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nina Jack .... second second assistant director
Roger Lee .... dga trainee
Peter Leto .... second assistant director
Christopher Swartout .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dennis Causey .... set dresser
Ruth Ann Cicetka .... scenic shop person (as Ruth Ann Cecetka)
Robert Currie .... on-set dresser
Paul Dale .... camera scenic artist
Harry Darrow .... assistant art director
Chris DeTitta .... leadman
Rich Devine .... assistant props (as Richard Devine)
Rochelle Edelson .... camera scenic artist
Tammy Feaster .... art department production assistant
Steven Gamiello .... second props (as Steve Gamiello)
Gilbert Gertsen .... set dresser
Gordon Gertsen .... set dresser
James Geyer .... scenic artist (as Jim Geyer)
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic artist
Kevin Golden .... scenic foreman
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip
Judy Gurr .... set dresser
Leo Holder .... graphic designer
Gary Jennings .... scenic artist
Lori Johnson .... assistant set decorator
Timothy Joliat .... set dresser (as Tim Joliet)
Heather Danielle Kane .... assistant property master (as Heather Kane)
Lara Kelly .... art department coordinator
Lisa Kent .... set dec buyer
Elina Kother .... scenic artist
Ross La Terra .... set dresser
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
John Oates Jr. .... second
Joseph Proscia .... set dresser (as Joe Proscia)
Ann Sherrill .... scenic artist (as Anne Sherrill)
Ron Stone .... property master
Mitch Towse .... set dresser
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joel Roi Aronowitz .... second boom operator
Trip Brock .... dialogue editor
Kent Brown .... additional sound recordist
Michael Chandler .... sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... assistant sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Jon Johnson .... supervising sound editor
Erick Jolley .... assistant to sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... supervising adr editor
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Miguel Rivera .... sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
Bruce Stubblefield .... dialogue editor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Mark Weingarten .... sound
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
Chris Winter .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
James Brown .... technical consultant
Edward Drohan .... special effects
John Ottesen .... special effects
Peter Bucossi .... stunt trooper 1
Norman Douglass .... stunt trooper 2
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jack Lotz .... stunt double: Sy
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald M. Angst .... electrician
Rafael August .... additional electrician
Bart Blaise .... second assistant camera
Matt Chubet .... company grip (as Matthew Chubet)
John Clifford .... still photographer
John Corso .... Steadicam operator
James J. Ferris .... electrician (as Jim Ferris)
Matthew W. Flannery .... camera loader (as Matthew Flannery)
Michael Green .... camera operator
Pedro Hernández .... best boy grip
Marc Hirschfeld .... Steadicam assistant
Jerry Holway .... Steadicam operator
Jerry Holway .... director of photography: additional photography
Lukasz Jogalla .... camera operator (as Lucas Jogalla)
Richard C. Kerekes .... dolly grip (as Rich Kerekes)
Peter Koola .... electrician
Gary Martone .... key grip
Michael J. Maurer .... electrician
John L. Oates .... electrician (as John Oates)
Darren Perkell .... second camera loader
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer
Darren Ryan .... video assist operator
Mark Schwentner .... best boy electric
Dustin Smith .... dolly grip
Sean Souza .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Igor Srubshchik .... 24 frame video operator
Igor Srubshchik .... video playback operator
Jonas Steadman .... focus puller
Larry Steinberg .... third grip
Franz Yeich .... third grip
Jason Micallef .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Carol Lewis .... casting: Los Angeles
Julie Lichter .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... assistant costumer (as Jill Anderson)
Sandi Figueroa .... costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costume supervisor
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor
Alice Levy .... additional costumer
Emily Loreto .... assistant costume designer
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... additional costumer (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Bega Metzner .... assistant costume designer
Robert Pease .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Darren Block .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
John Scott Cook .... first assistant editor
Jim Cricchi .... assistant editor
David Hamme .... colorist
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... assistant editor
Richard J. Rossi .... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Greg Dennen .... scoring crew
George Doering .... musician
Lori L. Eschler .... music editor: temp music (as Lori Eschler Frystak)
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Rick Frystak .... music consultant (as Ricky Frystak)
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Tanya Noel Hill .... music editor
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... additional music editor
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Jonathan Price .... orchestrator
Jonathan Price .... scoring coordinator
David Reynolds .... score coordinator
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Gernot Wolfgang .... scoring coordinator
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Hebert Ade .... driver
Bobby Alberga .... driver
Frank Appedu .... driver
Charlie Barron .... driver
Rich Battista .... driver
Billy Featherstone .... driver
Robert Featherstone .... driver
George Holtzer .... driver
Fred Momole .... driver
Regis Mullaney .... driver
John Raffone .... driver
Francis Volpe .... driver
Louis Volpe .... transportation captain (as Lou 'Sonny' Volpe)
Ralph Volpe .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Bill Barvin .... location manager
Tom Biglin .... photo double: Edward Norton
Carmella Caridi .... production counsel
Brian Carmichael .... playback video operator
Drew Clarke .... assistant: Matt Damon
Wendy Cohen .... clearance
Barbra Dannov .... assistant: Joel Stillerman
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Jennifer Demme .... set production assistant
Guy Efrat .... location scout
Meryl Emmerton .... assistant production coordinator
Jason Farrar .... unit production assistant
Samuel V. Franco .... assistant to producer
Cliff Fuller .... office production assistant
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Ginger Gonzalez .... set production assistant
Pamela Hirsch .... office production assistant
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Mandy Key .... assistant to cast (as Amanda Key)
Kenneth M. Kroll .... production accountant (as Ken Kroll)
Cara Leibovitz .... unit publicist
Lynn Lewis Lovett .... script supervisor
Bill McAdams Jr. .... photo double: Matt Damon
Steve McAuliff .... animal wrangler
Michael McBrien .... production assistant
Donna McLeer .... assistant: Mr. Demme (as Donna Cintorrino)
Stacia Peters .... development assistant: Joel Stillerman
Cesar Quinones .... location scout
Demian Resnick .... location assistant
Sam Rohn .... location scout
Michael Scelza .... poker technical consultant
Ted Shields .... set production assistant
Susan Strine .... assistant accountant
Sheryl Swann .... assistant: John Dahl
Will Sweeney .... assistant to executive producer
Andrew Vogliano .... production secretary
Tara Walls .... product placement
Stan Wiencko .... set production assistant
Andrew Zolot .... production coordinator
Cheri Zucca .... production assistant (uncredited)
Doyle Brunson .... the producers wish to thank
Johnny Chan .... the producers wish to thank
Seth Jaret .... special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, some sexuality and brief drug use
121 min
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Did You Know?

Despite the rise in No Limit Texas Hold'em interest in conjunction with this film's release, the characters play a wide variety of poker variants: No Limit Hold'em is played with Teddy KGB at the beginning and end of the film, the Judge's game is a 7 card Stud game, the College Boys are playing Stud variants (notably Chicago), when Worm and Mike go the Chesterfield the first time the game is Forced Rotation (alternating hands of Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, Stud usually), Worm plays 7 card Stud later at the Chesterfield, the Taj Mahal game is Limit Hold'em, the Union game is a Draw or Stud game, Mike plays Draw or Stud (it appears in the short scene)with the Greeks, the Cigar Club game is 7 card Stud Hi-Lo, the Golf pro game is a Pot Limit Omaha/Stud game, and the State police game is 7 card Stud. By the way all the games played are part of the World Series of Poker competition (though the main event is No Limit Texas Hold'em)See more »
Factual errors: The State Trooper cars shown in the parking lot are the wrong make. NY State Troopers use Ford cars/trucks exclusively, not Caprice Classics.See more »
[first lines]
Mike McDermott:Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.
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The WormSee more »


How does it end?
What is Teddy KGB holding during the final hand of heads up, when Mike flops the nut straight?
If Mike spotted Teddy KGB's tell at the poker table, what was it?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Well made but eventually a bit thin for anyone not a poker fan, 25 May 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

Rounders (1998)

A charming idea, almost romanticized: if you are young, clever, good looking, and savvy at playing poker you can be ultra cool and maybe even wealthy. That makes for a pretty good movie, if not a very accurate reality. It isn't quite enough to keep two hours going, however, and so the big picture here is to enjoy what it has.

A quick comparison might be made to "The Hustler" and related pool shark movies. And like that classic, "Rounders" is about charming deceit. Matt Damon is the main man here, an ex-poker champ who has "gone straight" until his former partner in crime, Ed Norton, gets out of jail and ropes him back into the thrills and malevolence. Like the pool movies, and like the glitzier and more ambitious "Oceans" movies, personalities matter most. The setting, the glint of money, and most of all the plots matter less than you'd think.

So everything is pretty good along those lines, partly because Damon is fun to be with and Norton is simply terrific. An embarrassing appearance in the beginning and end of the movie by an overacting John Malkovich gets in the way of Damon's performance, however. And the general attempt at creating a bunch of bad guys behind the scenes is filled with thin clichés and mediocre acting.

This is the result of having to make more of the story that was ever there. The main idea--that the two leads get into money trouble and have to earn a ton of cash in a few days of wild poker games--is eventually actually a bit of a bore. The gamesmanship is always interesting, of course, but the impetus behind it grows old. The addition of Martin Landau as a Jewish lawyer who gives Damon a mitzvah as a kind of honor paid to continue a favor once given him is a touching part of the larger plot, making you wish there was more of this somehow, more of something genuine and a bit different.

It might not have helped that I recently saw "Croupier" with a young Clive Owen as a poker dealer, because that movie, whatever its simplicity and other limitations, actually made the poker scenes more real for me. In fact, one problem with "Rounders" is you never get to actually sense the betting itself, and the cards--the playing and the strategies of playing--are glossed over with some tossing of chips and flipping of cards, all in a vague muddle.

I did enjoy watching overall, but it left me a little disappointed and restless.

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