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Shade (2003)

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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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Older Wiseguy (as Carl M. Mazzocone Sr.)
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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 <>

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Getting played... it's all in the game See more »


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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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2.35 : 1
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"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'
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Card sharps Stallone and Townsend battle one another
21 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Shade" (2003) is a little b-movie about poker cheats, grifters and hustlers (and worse) that reminds one a little of "The Cincinnati Kid" because there is an old pro (Sylvester Stallone) and a young card sharp (Stuart Townsend), but it's really very, very different from that wonderful movie. The two stories are nowhere near alike. This neo-noir involves outright cheating, card manipulations, complex grifts and double crosses. One of the principals (Thandie Newton) is so low that she traps a guy through a sado-masochist lure and sells his kidney!

The actual poker playing has rightfully been torn to pieces in other reviews. No need to dwell on it. The main attractions here are some good acting by Gabriel Byrne in not too good a part, Sylvester Stallone carrying the ball beautifully, Jamie Foxx playing a crude mark, and Roger C. Smith making a big impression as a soft-spoken enforcer. There are cameos by Dina Merrill, Bo Hopkins and Hal Holbrook but only Hopkins gets something to sink his teeth into. Thandie Newton has a good part but her acting, voice and appeal are all limited. She has little or no sex appeal and no sparks with any of the men in the picture. This picture is well-plotted enough to sustain interest, but not written well-enough to afford much significant character-building, action, tension and depth. The story needed a bit more work to increase its irony and impact. The better actors basically save it and so do some plot twists and the built-in drama of card games and sleights of hand.

The time passes quite quickly watching this movie.

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