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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)

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£101,094 (UK) (23 June 2000)

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ESP 244,329,691 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Goofs

When the gang initially robs the casino, they are telling the security guards to drop their guns. One of the guards has the gun up and ready, but the slide is obviously back. There is no way the security guard could have shot the gun with his gun not ready. See more »

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Rudy Duncan: You're sending me into an Indian casino dressed as a COWBOY, thought this through entirely?
Pug: It was either that or a ballerina.
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Little Drummer Boy
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Performed by Veronika Sorrow
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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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