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 ...
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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
Many situations in the movie are references to the book on Dai Vernon by Karl Johnson, "The Magician and the Cardsharp". For example, Malini gets his name from a famous magician referred to in the book; and "shade" is defined as a cardsharp's cover move, as it is in 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 »
[during a Mexican standoff, over the phone]
Hello? No, I don't know anything about a fucking ring.
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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 »
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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