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Cast overview, first billed only:
Older Wiseguy (as Carl M. Mazzocone Sr.)
George Tovar ...
Hitman #1
Doc Duhame ...
Hitman #2
Hitman #3
Club Patron #1
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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 <>

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Lie, Cheat, Steal... your deal! 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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Charles Rocket. See more »


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


Stevens: I was mucking cards since before you were born.
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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 Sting (1973) See more »


Violin Sonata No.25 K.301, 2nd movement
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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17 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, and Stuart Townsend star in "Shade," a 2003 film with an appearance by Sylvester Stallone and Jamie Foxx.

Byrne plays Miller, a grifter who partners with Tiffany (Newton) in various cons. They arrange to work with a third person, a card shark, Vernon (Townsend) and draft a gambler, Jennings (Foxx) to get into a high-stakes poker game with a buy-in of $25,000. They explain that it's rigged, and he's only to make a big bet when Vernon is the dealer.

Jennings gets carried away and loses over $80,000 when he ignores what they tell him. One problem. It wasn't his money. It belonged to a mobster.

I won't tell you the rest - that basically sets up the story. According to people on this site, if you know anything about poker, you won't enjoy this as much as others.

"Shade" is an entertaining movie with good performances, particularly by Gabriel Byrne. The script is clever -- it's not unlike anything we've seen before, but it is very well done.

Others in the cast include Patrick Bachau, Bo Hopkins, Melanie Griffith, Dina Merrill, and her husband, Ted Hartley, who produced this for their studio, RKO. Stallone, as a famous poker player, is excellent. He was a little distracting to watch because to me he looks so different from the last time I saw him.

Recommended -- it's fun and has a good cast.

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