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Reindeer Games (2000)

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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Storyline

After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) is days away from release as is his cellmate Nick (James Frain) who is is serving a two year sentence on a separate charge. Nick has a number of pictures from a romantic correspondence with a woman named Ashley he has never met but is waiting for his release. Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. Nick is killed defending Rudy during a prison riot. When Rudy Is released the next day from prison he recognizes Ashley waiting outside the prison for Nick and Rudy takes his place and pretends to be Nick. Nick had spoken of his previous employment in security with an Indian casino and Rudy finds himself involved with Ashley's criminal gun runner brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Rudy is violently coerced to cooperate with a Christmas Eve casino robbery scheme that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick's casino knowledge as the key. Things... 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)  »

Also Known As:

Deception  »

Box Office

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$23,360,779 (USA) (16 June 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(John Frankenheimer): [people falling through ice]: A crucial moment of drama in this film. See more »

Goofs

During the reconnaissance of the Tomahawk, the college kid says, "He gave me a hundred bucks!" and his mouth doesn't move at all. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rudy Duncan: [Rudy narrating] To tell ya the truth, I never was much for the holidays. It's been forever since I'd known a holiday, since I'd seen my family, since I'd been with a girl, since I'd driven a car. You see, cars are what put me here - Iron Mountain, Maximum Security Prison. I was riding a hard five for grand theft auto. Meanwhile, most of my esteemed raping and murdering colleagues were up for parole in three. The world works like that sometimes. All the time, in my experience. ...
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Connections

Features Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Drummer Boy
Written by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone
Performed by Percy Faith
Published by EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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No Cigar
28 January 2001 | by (Los Altos, CA) – See all my reviews

The flaws in this movie are various, though for 2/3's of the movie they can be overlooked. One prime problem is that Afflick is just never convincing as a joint hardened car thief. When he is inside prison, he looks like a nice suburban kid acting like he is in prison. He is almost never convincing in this role.

But ultimately, the problem with this movie is in the number of plot twists that Frankenheimer throws at the audience. Rather than build a plot, all too often when interest begins to lag, Frankenheimer introduces a double cross, a character who was already killed or some such nonsense. Eventually there are just too many turns to sell us on the results.


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