On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.
In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Brandon Lang loves football: an injury keeps him from the pros, but his quarterback's anticipation makes him a brilliant predictor of games' outcomes. Needing money, he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to work for Walter Abrams advising gamblers. Walter has a doting wife, a young daughter, and a thriving business, but he has problems: a bum heart, a belief he's a master manipulator, and addictions barely kept in check. He remakes Brandon, and a father-son relationship grows. Then, things go awry. Walter may be running a con. The odds against Brandon mount. Written by
Rene Russo's husband, Dan Gilroy, wrote the part of Al Pacino's wife Toni especially for Russo and tailored it to fit her perfectly. He even used Russo's real-life sister's name Toni as the name of the character. See more »
Alexandra turns down Brandon's invitation for a late night dinner because he made five thousand dollars on a bet with Walter when in fact he made ten thousand. See more »
[During a Gamblers Anonymous meeting]
You think with two mortgages out, the repo guy staking out my car, my job on the line, and my wife threatening to leave me that I'd stop but I'm "staying in the chase" doubling down, I guess I've been doing pretty good because I know I've got one big problem.
[to a Gamblers Anonymous member as he quickly leaves with Brandon]
If you rethink things over here's my card and put it in your wallet, we're toping eighty percent this weekend, you'll never know when ...
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I Play You Lose
Written by Dwayne "Tezz" Morgan & Brian Yaskulka
Performed by The Grusomes featuring Tezz
Courtesy of The Outfit & 7th Level Productions
Under License from June Street Entertainment
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I can't think of a way that this could have been made without Pacino. Sure, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo gave convincing performances, but Pacino makes you feel sorry for the miserable, empty shell of a man he is.
The plot was amazingly intricate and well carried, but (once again) without Pacino it would not have been delivered nearly as well. I think that they should have found a way to include a small explanation as to how sports betting works, so the fans who came in just to see Pacino would be able to understand how it works. Also, at times the movie just dragged on and on and on...
I still think that Al Pacino is that movie. Pacino really extends himself the way he always does to keep the movie alive and moving. His character was one of the most miserable men I have ever seen, and while i hated him, I still identified a small part of myself with him, and that is the sign of a truly great actor.
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