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Two for the Money (2005)

After suffering a career-ending injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How much will you risk?

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Drama | Sport | Thriller

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Rated R for pervasive language, a scene of sexuality and a violent act | See all certifications »

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For the Money  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,703,240 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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$22,862,049 (USA) (11 November 2005)
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Much of the game footage shown during the trailer, and the ads for the DVD release of the film is real. They are clips from various USFL games. Several teams, The Tampa Bay Bandits, Boston/new Orleans/Portland Breakers, Houston Gamblers, among others can clearly be seen. The league existed from 1982-1987. See more »

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When Brandon is driving Toni to work, there is no front NY license plate on his car, but when he pulls away, the license plate is there. See more »

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Brandon Lang: [Referring to Walter's prerequisite of Brandon getting a pedicure and manicure in Toni's beauty salon] This was his idea?
Toni Morrow: Yeah I know.
Brandon Lang: He makes all of his employees do this?
Toni Morrow: Yeah every one of them.
Brandon Lang: How often?
Toni Morrow: Once before they start work.
Brandon Lang: Weird.
Toni Morrow: You think so?
Brandon Lang: I've never had my nails done before.
Toni Morrow: I can see that but you've got strong hand that's nice, do you drink?
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Written by Triniti Bhaguandas, Andrew Bojanik and Elizabeth Hooper
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Austin Movie Show review
12 October 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Matthew McConaughey is Brandon Lang, a former college football star who devastated his knee and was never able to play professionally. Six years later he's recording "sports predictions" for a 1-900 number in Las Vegas and living with his mom and younger brother, still dreaming of playing professional football one day. He never hears from the Cowboys, but he does get a call from Walter Abrams (the Godfather himself, Al Pacino), an entrepreneur who runs his own sports betting business, inviting him to move to New York and work for him.

Though Brandon Lang is the hero of the story, Walter Abrams is the beating heart of Two For The Money. He's a recovered gambling addict who runs his own empire of "sports betting advisers." No other film has ever explored the psyche of the gambling addict so precisely and intimately. Abrams describes what it feels like to win, but even more fascinatingly, he discusses the addict's subconscious desire to loose it all. Gambling addicts don't bury themselves in debt because they're sure they can win. They do it because they need to loose everything to feel alive.

Two For The Money is better than I expected. The characters are rich and complex and the story is never dull. Hell, this movie is worth seeing for the topless McConaughey shots alone.


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