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Shade (2003)

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Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting ... See full summary »

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Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster. Written by <rdash@attcanada.ca>

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When gambling your life, leave nothing to chance. See more »

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

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12 March 2004 (Thailand)  »

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Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,696 (USA) (9 April 2004)

Gross:

$10,696 (USA) (9 April 2004)
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Trivia

The book shown throughout the movie, "The Expert at the Card Table" by S.W. Erdnase, is known as the "Cardman's Bible". Originally published in 1902 for cheating purposes, it is still considered the best book on card manipulation. It is a quote of Erdnase which is shown onscreen as the film begins. See more »

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The position of Miller's hand alternates between holding the drink and crossed over to his other arm while talking to Marlo. See more »

Quotes

Marlo: Excuse me, I'm vibrating.
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The credits list an "Erdnase Grip" and a "Mechanic's Grip." S.W. Erdnase was the pseudonym of the author of the book "Expert at the Card Table," which was referenced in this movie. A "mechanic's grip" is a special way to hold the cards that facilitates many common sleights (including dealing seconds and dealing from the bottom of the deck). See more »

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References The Color of Money (1986) See more »

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Violin Sonata No.25 K.301, 2nd movement
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Not the best Con Movie, but good
20 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So you want to be a grifter? This movie will make you think twice. You might even want to avoid Las Vegas altogether for a year or two.

I saw "The Sting" as a young man. That is still the standard for this genre as far as I'm concerned. This movie, while not matching up, does a pretty good job at keeping you entertained. It has a very good cast. Hal Holbrook even makes a cameo appearance.

All in all, nicely acted and scripted. Too many scenarios are totally unbelievable, however. Why would anyone sit down at a table with these guys? Is there anyone on earth you can trust? Is there an honest cop in town? Will I still have my kidneys tomorrow?

Other reviewers have commented on the card tricks. Yes, they're fascinating. But with video editing what it is these days, they don't add much.

If you like roller coasters, this movie has enough twists to make your head spin. For those looking for realism and believability, you may be disappointed.


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