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
The "gang" (Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon) only drinks Jack Daniels through the whole 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 »
In a number of different James Bond films, the tuxedo-clad hero would be introduced to viewers via a game of poker. Imagine him playing that game 24/7, and what you'd get is very close to what Shade is.
The plot of this film is so fractured, convoluted, and filled with turns that it is difficult to describe, but basically it revolves around the setting up (and eventually playing) of a high-stakes poker game that has enormous repercussions for every player involved.
I can easily see why this film was only released to certain select Los Vegas theaters, as the plot was so meandering and the acting (by and large) so underwhelming. However, it could have been at least a decent film if it would have focused on the two things it did well, those being:
1. The intensity of the poker scenes. Though this movie is billed to be "all about poker", it is really more about con men and hustlers, thus cheapening the raw tension of the card-playing scenes.
2. The acting performances by Sylvester Stallone (The Dean) and Stuart Townsend (The Mechanic). Townsend shines as the up-and-coming hustler trying to knock off the big-gun, played very well by a Stallone trying (at least at the time) to choose some age-appropriate roles. Unfortunately, the ending kind of ruins this relationship (although I can't tell you exactly why).
Overall, Shade is a barely-watchable film due to some flashes of acting drama and some intense poker scenes. Other than that, though, it falls completely flat.
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