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Betting the Game (2000)

Lenny, a small-time street Bookie, in a desperate attempt to pull in a bad debt, begins a high-stakes game he can't afford to play...

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Michael Sean Tighe ...
Lenny
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Woody
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Vincent
Stephanie Reuter ...
Susan
Dave Romero ...
Tom
Cristina Anderlini ...
Reyna
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Lenny, a small-time street Bookie, in a desperate attempt to pull in a bad debt, begins a high-stakes game he can't afford to play...

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All debts are due in full...

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Short | Crime | Thriller

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edgy. violent. cool.
18 July 2002 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Betting the Game is an edgy cool gangster thriller, yes, but it's no by the numbers crime short. It's astonishing, really, that a genre film like this manages to keep you interested in every grimy twist and turn.

But forget all that. This movie is refreshingly violent. I think that is a good thing. Seriously. And it's not easy to do.

It's not often in a short...no, a student short especially, that a filmmaker can evoke a visceral, gutwrenching response with cinematic violence. I'm a proponent of it...effective violence in a story like this requires astonishing technique...and taste. Look at all the mindless, over the top nonsense in other films of this type...and then watch Betting the Game to see it done right. Tanya Reihill knows what not to show...and where to point the camera. And when to hand hold it. And when to lock it down.

I won't spoil the violent scene I love so much, but you'll watch this film with balled-up fists. Enjoy!


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