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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:

12 March 2004 (Thailand)  »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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

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 »


References House of Games (1987) See more »


Written by 'Michael Hayungs', 'Erik Jiru', 'Jeremy Mennella', Ken Rangkuty, 'Talia Mays'
Performed by 'The Golden Ratio'
Performed by 'The Golden Ratio'
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I've known a lot of hustlers and mechanics in my time.. I have yet to meet a retired one.
3 November 2010 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Overly over-plotted movie about a trio of of card hustlers trying to get a crack at #1 in the card sharp business the legendary Dean himself Dean Stevens, Sylvester Stallone,by being able to get the mechanic of the group Vernon, Stuart Townsend, to get into a private card game with him.

the Dean is considered to be so big and unapproachable in the film that we don't get a chance to see him until the movie is almost half over. In fact were not even sure if he exists or not up until then even though his name and exploits are brought up by everyone in the movie until he finally makes his grand appearance. It's a lot like a previous movie that one of the stars in the film Gabriel Byrnes, as street hustler Charlie Miller, was in "The Usual Suspects" in regards to the never seen on screen, until he decided to be seen, Kiser Soza.

Finally when getting invited to play the Dean at a private room at the L.A Roosevet Hotel the three hustlers Vernon Miller and his on and off girlfriend Tiffany, Thandie Newton, realize that one of the invited guests is Mob Boss Max Maline, Partick Bauchan! The very person who's got a hit out on them for hustling him out of $82,000.00 through one of their greedy and not so bright marks Larry Foxx, Jamie Foxx, at a fake private card game they set Larry up in.

***SPOILERS*** Hot and heavy action at the card table with as much as $2,000,000.00 at stake as Vernon goes head to head with the Dean after all the other players were wiped out in the non-stop card turning twisting and sliding action on the poker table. The Dean in fact had the upper hand on Vernon by being able to see, with his eyes unfocused, his hand due to juiced deck he slipped into the game. Yet for some reason the card that he had covered changed for Vernon from a Seven to a Jack without any explanation in the movie's script! What's even more ridicules is how the Dean was able to pull off the big switch when he could have easily been beaten since he didn't have the highest card in the deck! But still just high enough to beat Vernon's hand! The Dean's success was not because of any kind of luck or card playing skill on his part but that he was in fact a much better cheater in cards then Vernon was!

***MAJOR SPOILER*** You finally get to see what happened in the movie, at the big card game, when it was just about over and when your about to turn your DVD or VCR player off. But by then your left so confused in all the twists and turns as well as back stabbings in this very confusing film that you've lost, in trying to follow the movie's plot, all interest in it!

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