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Shade (2003)

R | | Crime, Thriller | 9 May 2004 (USA)
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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Sal
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Tiffany
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Attendant
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Club Patron #2
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Girl in Hallway (as Holly Catarancuic)
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Doorman
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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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Lie, Cheat, Steal... your deal! See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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

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9 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy trükk  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,696 (USA) (11 April 2004)

Gross:

$33,225 (USA) (16 May 2004)
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Trivia

The "gang" (Tiffany, Charlie and Vernon) only drinks Jack Daniels through the whole film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Miller: [watching Vernon practice] Christ... I can see the brief from here...
Vernon: I'm not even dealing deuces, asshole.
Charlie Miller: Well, then, they're lousy-lookin' tops.
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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 »

Connections

References The Color of Money (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Cha Cha Cha 57
Written by Roy Shakked
Performed by The Tao of Groove
Produced by Roy Shakked
Courtesy of Groove Gravy Records
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Stallone Has Panache
25 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Sly Stallone movie in his filmography in order, I come to a supporting role, in his best movie in years, 2003's Shade.

Plot In A Paragraph: Vernon (Stuart Townsend) Miller (Gabriel Byrne) and Tiffany (Thandie Newton) are small time con artists, who cross paths with Jennings (Jamie Foxx) and attempt to con "The Dean" (Sly Stallone) in a high stakes poker game.

In his best movie in six years (since Copland in 1997) Stallone plays it closer to his real age (albeit going from one extreme to the other with the hair dye) giving one of the most effective performances of his career. With his eyes gazing steadily from his strong face reminding us what a splendid actor he is when he is allowed to escape from his stereotyped roles. For his brief time on screen (he doesn't appear till 40 mins in) Stallone brings style to the proceedings.

There are some good individual performances, but the main cast lack any real chemistry with each other Stuart Townsend looked destined for big things (but it never quite happened) Gabriel Byrne does what Gabriel Byrne does, whilst Jamie Foxx is effective too, and poor Thandie Newton looks great, but she isn't a good actress, and is often embarrassing against the stronger actors. In his one scene, Hal Holbrook (who I always like to see) goes through the motions of performing in a part that's has no lines worth speaking and Tony Burton (Duke in the Rocky movies) has two small scenes, unfortunately none of them are with Stallone.


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