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Shade (2003)

R | | Crime, Thriller | 9 May 2004 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Older Wiseguy (as Carl M. Mazzocone Sr.)
George Tovar ...
Hitman #1
Doc Duhame ...
Hitman #2
Shane T. Anderson ...
Hitman #3
Club Patron #1
Club Patron #2
Holly Cat ...
Girl in Hallway (as Holly Catarancuic)


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 »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy trükk  »


Box Office


$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,696, 11 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,225, 16 May 2004
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bo Hopkins' character is named John Scarne. John Scarne was also a famous sleight of hand artist during the mid-20th Century. He was best known for exposing crooked gambling to the public. In The Sting (1973) he doubles for Paul Newman's hands. 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 »


Larry Jennings: I only had four girlfriends in my entire life, and they were all tens.
Leipzig: Well, it looks like your girlfriends were all fucking guys named Jack.
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Crazy Credits

"Special Thanks to: Tabitha Stevens & Tawny Roberts" These porn actresses have a short cameo as dancers in the club. See more »


References The Cincinnati Kid (1965) See more »


Written by 'Michael Hayungs', 'Erik Jiru', 'Jeremy Mennella', Ken Rangkuty, 'Talia Mays'
Performed by 'The Golden Ratio'
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With the long line of recent movies revolving around grifting and gambling and generally being super hip, this film is kind of the Independent and unheard of cousin of films like Oceans Eleven, Confidence and The Cooler (which was independent but not quite as much as this.). Now all its competitors are good, highly rated films. Now one would assume that because this is starring Sly Stallone and that it was not given a proper release, because no-one could stump up the money for it that it would essentially suck. Well it doesn't suck. This is a very good, and assured ensemble piece and very well shot and hip debut from writer/director Damien Niemen.

The film perhaps couldn't raise finance because it wasn't bankable. There is no big lead. Stallone would be the headlining name but he has a supporting role and of course with a lot of similarly themed films of equal to higher standard then it's a difficult one to find a market for. I watched this when it was released straight to video in the UK, a shame in many ways because this is a good film. Now what makes this good. Firstly the script is good. It's not original by any means but it's sharp and has good dialogue and interesting characters. Secondly the cast is excellent. When you think straight to video you think of Eric Roberts, Gary Busey, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, headlining and perhaps one or two other recognisable faces. This has a great cast, with Stuart Townsend, Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith and of course Sly Stallone. Townsend is excellent as the mechanic, basically the guy who can manipulate a deck of cards to his advantage, he is the key to the group of grifters consisting of him, Newton, and Byrne. They have a big score in mind, to take down master cards-man and king of all mechanics, the Dean played by Stallone. Now Byrne and Newton are both excellent but this is a great role for Stallone. Sly gives a great performance in this and it's a role that requires an inner depth and a subtlety and Stallone delivers.

Overall this is a very good movie. The score from Chris Young is good, nicely funky and understated and it's well shot. The film is also very well edited and stylish. It's not quite as good as Oceans Eleven because that was far more elaborate and with an even more impressive cast and similarly hip and stylish. At the end of the day Sly fans will be happy. It's not a big box office film but while he tries to re-launch himself as a money maker by doing sequels to Rocky and Rambo he should keep doing independent movies to give him testing roles. ****

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