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Rounders -- Academy Award winner Matt Damon (True Grit, The Bourne Supremacy) and Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Italian Job) star in this story of passion, risk and the extreme price of friendship!
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Writers (WGA):
David Levien (written by) &
Brian Koppelman (written by)
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Release Date:
11 September 1998 (USA) See more »
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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
Karl Vincent .... musician
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
Scott Rosenstein .... production assistant
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

On the DVD commentary it's revealed that Edward Norton ad libbed a number of Worm's lines. Among them was, "She crossed her legs too fast," which is a quote from Chinatown (1974).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Brandenburg Concerto #1See 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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69 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
The Son of the Cincinnati Kid Rides Again!, 2 October 2001
Author: pae-sk from Framingham MA

I love this movie: the plot line is pat and predictable as it effortlessly unfolds; the characters are clearly defined and you know who to root for and who to despise; and there are no dull scenes or dead end sub-plots. Matt Damon is Mike, an affable law student with little interest in the law and a passion for high stakes poker. When he loses his shirt and promises his girl friend (cute and perky Gretchen Mol) that he will never play poker again, you know this pie-crust promise will quickly be broken. And broken it is when Matt picks up his former schoolmate buddy, "Worm" (Edward Norton) who is getting out of prison and leads him back to the poker table and deep, deep into debt and hot water.

As usual, Matt Damon is adorable as the talented gambler, flashing those dimples and that Gary Cooper down-turned grin; John Malkovich is over the top as cookie-munching Teddy KGB, and, yes, if you're familiar with Russians just off the boat, you know they really DO speak like that and have a natural flare for the dramatic; Martin Landau delivers another impeccable performance as the aging, melancholic law professor whose family expected him to become a rabbi; Famke Janssen is nicely understated as the errand girl who has the obvious hots for Matt; and John Turtorro puts is solid as Knish, the grinder. Indeed, Mr. Turorro is becoming one of the most reliable and dependable supporting players to grace any film in which he appears. When the time and the role are right, his time will come.

But the real star of this film is Edward Norton as the low-life sociopath who bears the appropriate sobriquet "Worm." Twenty years ago when I first saw "The Onion Field," I thought James Wood had created the sleaziest character ever to appear on film. Jim, move over. Norton is cheap, slimy, and skinny, devoid of scruples and empathy, a little wise guy with a big mouth and nothing to back it up. You just KNOW this scumbag neither bathes nor brushes his teeth, and when the little rat gets the stuffings beaten out of him by a group of off-duty cops whom he has cheated, you want to join in and get in a punch. Women will want to slap him. In his first scene he lets you know he's a hard-hearted louse: told that he is being released from prison in the middle of a penny-ante card game with his cell mates who beg him to leave his cigarettes behind, he gathers them up and then contemptuously drops them in the dumper on the way out. This is a cockroach with no redeeming social value who lives to use and con and degrade people.

It's no trick for an actor to make you love him; to make you despise him so much you'd like to throttle him takes real talent. I've seen Ed Norton in "Fight Club," "Primal Fear," and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and this is one young actor to watch. He's one of those natural actors who can be whatever he wants to be and it will be sheer joy watching him grow and mature.

"Rounders" may be short on originality, but it's long on suspense, action, and entertainment and while not the best flick to come down the pike, it's a wonderfully satisfying two hours. I don't know much about the game of poker, but I sure do know a good movie when I see one. I give it an 8 out 10 rating for human interest.

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