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Reindeer Games (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  25 February 2000 (USA)
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After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

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After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. After hearing endless stories during his incarceration of Nick's romantic correspondence to a woman named Ashley he has never met (Charlize Theron), Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity upon release from prison and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with a base knowledge of Nick's Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and is violently forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind. Written by Brian Orndorf

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The trap is set. The game is on.


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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 February 2000 (USA)  »

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$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,128,356 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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ESP 244,329,691 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Vin Diesel was originally cast in an unspecified role, but he made so many demands regarding his character that director John Frankenheimer fired him before production got underway. See more »

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When Rudy finally gets to eat his pecan pie, we see him eat the last piece, but in the next shot there are still pieces of pie on the plate. See more »

Quotes

Rudy Duncan: Sounds pretty mature for twenty-five.
Nick Cassidy: Grow up in Detroit, you mature real quickly.
Rudy Duncan: Yeah. Either that or those pictures are ten years old.
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Before I kill you, let me tell you why...
15 August 2000 | by (la) – See all my reviews

When a movie has one or two cliched events in it, you can let it slip. But this film has so many, I can't believe it was given a go to be produced. There are so many implausible plot twists and scenes that would have NEVER happened, it takes away from what actual story might exist in this film. It's not like Die Hard, where you're so involved in the movie, you're willing to overlook dumb twists or bad lines. The bad twists in this movie only remind you that you're watching something that should not have made it to film. I can't figure out why Frankenhiemer did this film. BUT, it does have the great Gary Sinese, who I think is one of the best bad guys in film. For that, it can't be totally bad.


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