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Writers (WGA):
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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:
Angelis Alexandris ... Card Player (uncredited)
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
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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. 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 »
Continuity: In the first part of the final poker game between KGB and Mike, when KGB has just reraised $5000, Mike starts pushing all his chips forward to go all in, the shot is taken from behind KGB and you can see KGB's left hand touching his face. The next shot from the opposite direction (when you see the continuation of Mike pushing his chips forward) KGB's hand is down on the table.See more »
[Narrating 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:
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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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159 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
One of the most widely underrated movies of our time, 5 January 2005
Author: Joshua Goldstein from Los Angeles

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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