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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 ... See full summary »

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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 <rdash@attcanada.ca>

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

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12 March 2004 (Thailand)  »

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Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Hal Holbrook's character, the Professor, is based on the magician Dai Vernon. It is Vernon's portrait on the wall of the Magic Castle where the Professor is sitting. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Marlo: Excuse me, I'm vibrating.
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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 »

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References The Color of Money (1986) See more »

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Goldberg Variations, BWV.988
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Chen Pi-hsien
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A shade better than expected.
5 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

As movies about card games and/or con artists go, "Shade" is no "House Of Games" or "Nine Queens", but it's better than you might expect for a film that was barely released theatrically. The first two twists caught me completely off-guard (the final twist though....I saw it coming a few seconds before it happened). The poker scenes are highly entertaining (where can I get one of those "juiced" decks?). There are many good performances (Townsend, Foxx, Byrne), and nice turns by veterans (Hal Holbrook, Bo Hopkins). The weak links are Stallone and Melanie Griffith, who look awful in this film. Stallone's performance isn't bad, but they could easily have replaced him with an actor more appropriate for this role; Griffith IS bad, and it's hard to know what she's even doing in the picture. An actor who stands out (in a good way) is Roger G. Smith as Marlo, the mob enforcer with the extremely calm voice. (**1/2)


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