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 »
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
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
The hands seen performing card tricks in the beginning of the film belong to writer/director Damian Nieman (who's hand wears a spade ring), R. Paul Wilson, Jason England, and Earl Nelson, all real life card mechanics. Nieman also taught (along with Earl Nelson and R. Paul Wilson) Sylvester Stallone and Stuart Townsend how to perform their card tricks for the film. See more »
At the final game, when the camera looks at Vernon, we see Tiffany smoking behind him, apart from Miller. But when the camera shows Tiffany herself, we see she's right beside Miller. See more »
I thought this was going to be a sleeper given the cast, but what I saw was very pedestrian at best. The plot was was OK, but the directing and/or the acting(usually that means the directing was lacking) was hard to watch. When Sly Stallone used Edward G. Robinson's line from "The Cincinnati Kid", I laughed out loud. How this classy cast ends up in this train-wreck is the real con. It tries to be The Sting, The Cincinnati Kid, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, but the script and direction just don't pack the gear. I felt no attachment to the characters, and the actors were allowed to phone in their lines. With the class-act cast of Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, Jamie Foxx, and Hal Holbrook, I really expected an A movie at least, but this gets a C- at best.
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