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Reindeer Games (2000)

 -  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:

£101,094 (UK) (23 June 2000)

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ESP 244,329,691 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The musical score for the film was originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith . Early TV spots showcased this but were changed due to the involvement of Alan Silvestri. See more »

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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 »

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Gabriel Mercer: Ever since you started going to night school you've been giving me headaches.
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A new low in stupid criminal behavior
27 August 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

We checked this one out on video because `the little man' in the San Francisco Chronicle gave it top rating. Not sure what he was smoking that day because this one was truly bad. Not even a pretty good (not great, mind you) performance by Charlize Theron (Cider House Rules) could save this flick.

The premise is bad: Gun-running bad guys decide they want in on the big money, so they decide to turn to armed robbery – their first job an out-of-the-way Indian casino in a remote part of Michigan in the middle of a snowy winter that for some reason has millions of dollars in its vaults when it has trouble attracting customers.

The acting terrible: Ben Affleck proves he can't act – and this pretty boy can't get away with playing an ex-con.

And a new low in incredibly dumb crooks: Gary Sinise snarls through the whole movie, playing a cold-blooded killer who could have put us all out of our misery if he had just put a bullet through Affleck's head in an early scene. Does he really fall for all of the bull that Affleck feeds him?

Don't bother.


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