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The Grand (2007)

R | | Comedy | 7 June 2007 (USA)
An improvisational comedy using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament.

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An improvisational comedy using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament.

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A comedy about the fine art of losing

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Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Untitled Zak Penn Project  »

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$5,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,454 (USA) (23 March 2008)

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$8,114,669 (USA) (27 April 2008)
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With the exception of the character conversations away from the game, the entire final table scene was unscripted. The directors chose to play the entire final table for real, meaning that they did not know in advance which of the characters would win, and thus how the movie would end. Because of 'Ray Romano''s shooting schedule, the scene between Lainie and Fred had to be filmed before the final table had been played. Two different scenes were shot to allow for Lainie to either win or lose. The alternative scene is included on the DVD. See more »

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(at around 39 mins) when "The German" claims to have played Russian roulette with slave traders, the picture clearly shows him holding a pistol with a magazine, and not a revolver. See more »

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L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks: Will you take a look at all of this crap.
[Indicating the modern Las Vegas strip.]
L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks: Buried underneath all of this is a history; history of Las Vegas. It's the place where Moe Dalitz opened up his first burlesque club. Place where you can find a thirteen year old in a whorehouse if that was your pleasure. It was a place where the Jews and the blacks had to enter the casinos through rear entrances. By the way, on this corner right here, I stabbed a bum.
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Wisdom
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Courtesy of The Committee To Keep Music Evil
Under License from Tepid Peppermint Wonderland, Ltd.
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This movie is a winner
14 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every once in a while a filmmaker is brave enough to try something a little different. This is one of those occasions and it deserves bountiful praise for both bravery and laughs.

The cast is excellent and weird while the story-lines are randomly weaved together gems of the absurd and quirky. Further, the concept of playing out a real poker tournament while asking these actors and comedians to stay within character is nothing short of genius. Not a simple accomplishment and thus, it doesn't always work perfectly and therefore no 10 stars.

The ensemble put together for this movie pretty much ensured some hysterical stuff. It is a good idea to step out of the way and let funny people be funny. Well done indeed.


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