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A comedy about the fine art of losing
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Woody Harrelson ... One Eyed Jack Faro

David Cross ... Larry Schwartzman

Dennis Farina ... LBJ 'Deuce' Fairbanks

Cheryl Hines ... Lainie Schwartzman

Richard Kind ... Andy Andrews

Chris Parnell ... Harold Melvin

Werner Herzog ... The German

Jason Alexander ... Dr. Yakov Achmed

Ray Romano ... Fred Marsh

Mike Epps ... Reggie Marshall

Judy Greer ... Sharon Andrews

Gabe Kaplan ... Seth Schwartzman

Michael Karnow ... Mike Werbe

Michael McKean ... Steve Lavisch

Julie Claire ... Dr. Jamie Sellers

Barry Corbin ... Jimminy 'Lucky' Faro

Shannon Elizabeth ... Toni

Estelle Harris ... Ruth Melvin

Andrew Hill Newman ... Russell Kalenich - The Dealer

Andrea Savage ... Renee Jensen

Phil Gordon ... Himself
Robert Thompson ... Himself - Tournament Director
Andy Bellin ... Poker Pro

Doyle Brunson ... Poker Pro
Antonio Esfandiari ... Poker Pro

Phil Hellmuth Jr. ... Poker Pro
Phil Laak ... Poker Pro

Daniel Negreanu ... Poker Pro

Hank Azaria ... Mike 'The Bike' Heslov
Tom Hodges ... Tim 'Tiny Wonders' Woolrich

David Pressman ... Melville 'Murph Murph' Murphy

Brett Ratner ... 'Sob Story' Barry Blaustein

Avi Arad ... Abdul Shavit

K.D. Aubert ... Julie the Waitress

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... German's Bodyguard
Lance Stockton ... German's Bodyguard

Tim Mikulecky ... Bitch Slapped Man (as Tim Mikuletky)
Trula M. Marcus ... Front Desk Clerk (as Trula Marcus)
Cynthia Petrello ... Waitress at Vic & Anthony's
Linda Button ... Jack's Secretary

Rusty Meyers ... Long Island Poker Player
Richard Brodie ... Himself

Peter O'Meara ... Dave Esme
Tara G. Wise ... Lainie's Daughter Ellen
Catherine Rose Young ... Lainie's Daughter Catherine

Alec Holden ... Little Larry

Hailey McCann ... Little Lainie

Orly Shani ... Lavisch's Assistant
Naomi Fabe ... Lavisch's Assistant
Errol Guidry II ... Cajun Larry
Jeff Bowler ... Poker Player
Sharon Fann ... Dealer at TV Tournament
Marc Chaiet ... Hotel Guest (as Marc J.Chaiet)

Garrett McKechnie ... Hotel Guest (as Garret Mckechnie)
Tilman J. Fertitta ... Himself
Munchkin the Rabbit ... Himself

Sean Patrick Flaherty ... Sean Marsh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Joy Ashley ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Harvey Blanc ... Bell Desk Captain (uncredited)
Ashley Bowler ... Child in Vic and Anthony's (uncredited)

Barry Brandt ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Kelly Catey ... Lavicsh's Assistant (uncredited)

Paul Edney ... Poker Tournament Pit Boss (uncredited)
John Embry ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Steve Grabowsky ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Alistair David Herz ... Police Offier #1 (uncredited)
Kelly R. Kleinman ... Leroy Kelly (uncredited)

Melinda Kramer ... Poker Dealer (uncredited)

Riley G. Matthews Jr. ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Wesley Okerson ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Michael A. Rizza ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Brahm Taylor ... Rex Copeland (uncredited)
Dave Yekell ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Zak Penn 
Writing credits
Zak Penn (written by) &
Matt Bierman (written by)

Produced by
Lance Bass .... co-executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Matt Bierman .... executive producer
Jeff Bowler .... producer
Steven Bowler .... associate producer: Insomnia Media Group
Ross M. Dinerstein .... producer
Kirkwood Drew .... executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Steve Grabowsky .... associate producer: Insomnia Media Group (as Steven K. Grabowsky)
Will Griffin .... co-executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Ayman Kandeel .... executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Ziggy Kormandel .... co-executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Gary Marcus .... producer
Ari Palitz .... executive producer
Zak Penn .... producer
Bret Saxon .... producer
Gene Scher .... executive producer
Bobby Schwartz .... producer
Lance Stockton .... co-producer
Jordan Udko .... executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Steven Zellers .... co-executive producer: Insomnia Media Group
Original Music by
Stephen Endelman 
Cinematography by
Anthony Hardwick (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Abby Schwarzwalder 
Casting by
Jorina King (casting)
Richard Pagano  (as Rick Pagano)
Production Design by
Shepherd Frankel 
Art Direction by
Amy Lee Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Amy Lee Wheeler  (as Amy Wheeler)
Costume Design by
Valerie Laven-Cooper 
Makeup Department
Linda Arnold .... key hair stylist
Lori Ann Baker .... additional hair stylist (as Lori Baker)
Camille Berglund-Staunton .... additional hair stylist
Diana Brown .... key makeup artist
Tanya Cookingham .... additional makeup artist
Mary Guerrero .... key hair stylist
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup department head (as Deborah Larsen)
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair department head (as Gail Ryan)
Natasha Skorzanka .... makeup intern (as Natasha Sworzanka)
Dallas Smith .... makeup intern
Production Management
Joanne Beckett .... executive in charge of production: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Stephen Fromkin .... post-production supervisor
Brent Morris .... unit production manager
Sylke Neal-Finnegan .... executive in charge of production: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Judd .... additional second second assistant director
Jason Z. Kemp .... second second assistant director (as Jason Kemp)
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
Tyler Romary .... second assistant director
Scott Rorie .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Chad Axman .... swing gang (as Chad Axeman)
Roger Dertinger .... property master
Sarah Geller .... on-set dresser
Seth Goulden .... leadman
Calla Klessig .... art department assistant
Paul Kurdys .... assistant prop master
Carl Mazaros .... additional assistant prop master (as Carl Maznos)
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Adam De Coster .... foley artist (as Adam Decoster)
Kyle Fox .... sound utility
Michael J. Fox .... adr supervisor (as Michael Fox)
Tom Fox .... boom operator
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor (as Peter Lago)
Maggie Malyn .... post sound coordinator
Harrison D. Marsh .... production sound mixer (as Duke Marsh)
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Chris McDonough .... foley artist (as Chris Mcdonough)
Matthew Nicolay .... additional sound mixer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Paige Pollack .... foley artist (as Paige Pollock)
Eric Reuveni .... foley mixer
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Stacey A. Washer .... additional boom operator
Ben Whitver .... foley editor
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor (as Brian Miller)
Visual Effects by
Harold De Jesus .... creative liaison: inMotion Studios (as Harold Dejesus)
Harold De Jesus .... main title designer
Dennis Harold .... animator: inMotion Studios
Christopher Jones .... CG title designer
Tess Kelly .... CG title designer
Brian Oakes .... additional graphics
Marcel Valcarce .... digital effects supervisor: inMotion Studios
Tim Mikulecky .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Ascensio .... grip
Rebecca Brenneman .... still photographer
Sylvain D'Hautcourt .... additional camera operator
Mette Dorman .... lighting technician
Ron Elliott .... second assistant camera
Erik Emerson .... additional first assistant camera (as Eric Emerson)
Coby Garfield .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Anthony J. Gonzalez .... best boy grip (as Anthony Gonzalez)
Michael D. Gonzalez .... grip (as Michael Gonzalez)
Joe Guzman .... dolly grip
Samuel Hamilton .... grip (as Sam Hamilton)
Tyson Helsley .... lighting technician
Brian Holgate .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Roman Jakobi .... chief lighting technician
Ryo Kinno .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Alex Klabukov .... key grip
Patrick Kligel .... jib operator
Ian McCausland .... provider: cameras & lenses, Abel Cine Tech/LA
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator
BJ McDonnell .... steadicam operator
Robert Paglliaro .... additional camera operator (as Robert Pagliaro)
Andres L. Porras .... camera operator
David Sheetz .... lighting technician (as David Sheets)
Martin Signore .... video assist operator
Owen A. Smith .... camera operator
Joshua Stern .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Josh Stern)
Joshua Stern .... gaffer: second unit
Sean Sutphin .... additional second assistant camera
Steve Tacon .... digital imaging technician
Chris Tonkovich .... lighting technician (as Chris Tonkavich)
Nicholas Tredway .... grip
Rick Tschudin .... additional first assistant camera
John Waldo .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Catherine Wokasch .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Russell Boast .... casting associate
Jorina King .... extras casting: Wild Streak Casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kevin Ian Ackerman .... set costumer
Cristina Acosta .... costume intern
Sarah Rose Meyer .... costume intern
Heather Sladinski .... costume supervisor
Heather Sladinski .... wardrobe supervisor
Selby Van Horne .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Morgan Gross .... editorial intern
Mark W. Jacobs .... on-line editor (as Mark Jacobs)
Randy Magalski .... on-line editor
John Roberts .... assistant editor
Keith Shaw .... colorist
Heidi Tebo .... project manager: The Post Group
Music Department
Tom Brissette .... music mixer
Tom Brissette .... music recordist
Stephen Endelman .... music conductor
Stephen Endelman .... music orchestrator
Stephen Endelman .... musician: keyboards
Kiersten Leigh Johnson .... music assistant (as Kiersten Johnson)
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Art Labriola .... additional arrangements
Art Labriola .... musician: winds and keyboards programming
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Adam Swart .... music supervisor
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet and contractor
Tyler Westen .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Corey Askins .... transportation captain
Steve Blenkhorn .... driver (as Steve Blinkhorn)
Carl Dante .... driver
Steven Docherty .... driver (as Steve Docherty)
Greg Gaulrapp .... driver
Eli Lozano .... driver
Guy Michaels .... driver
Michael F. Pierre .... driver (as Mike Pierre)
Ryan Vanholden .... driver
Mike Volpe .... driver
Other crew
Herach Arzounian .... set medic (as Herach Arzounian R.N.)
Shira Auerhahn .... Assistant To Sales Agent
Kevin Bowe .... production accountant
Barry Brandt .... stand-in (as Barry Brant)
Marc Yale Burdick .... set doctor
Kelly Catey .... stand-in
Michael Chamoy .... assistant: Zak Penn
Sharon Cingle .... script supervisor
Jennifer Clark .... post-production accountant
Grant Cross .... set production assistant (as Grant A. Cross)
Craig Efros .... key set production assistant
Lloyd Ellis .... location scout
Naomi Fabe .... set intern
Andy Farkasae .... assistant craft service
Sonia Farrell .... assistant: Woody Harrelson
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance: Acordia of California (as Nora Ferris Rohan)
Alexis Garcia .... legal services: Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, LLP
Jarrett Golding .... intern: Eleven Eleven Films
Chris Haecker .... craft service
J. Elizabeth Ingram .... production coordinator
Candice Lee .... production office intern
Victor Mathieu .... production assistant
Chris Mellor .... technician: poker table
Tod Mercy .... chief executive liaison: Scotland
Miescha Montoya .... paymaster
Wendy Muramoto .... payroll services
Jenny Napier .... assistant: Eleven Eleven Films
Andrew Hill Newman .... technical advisor: poker
Susan Nickerson .... research
Tony Niknejadi .... production secretary
Lani Osgood .... insurance: Acordia of California
Luke Pearsall .... set production assistant
Tara Powell .... assistant accountant
Nicholas Savalas .... location consultant
Orly Shani .... set intern
Martin Signore .... consultant: fantasy football
Gregory Steiner .... set production assistant
Joice Stewart .... payroll clerk (as Joice Lee Stewart)
Rosana Tomas .... travel coordinator
Steve Webb .... animal provider: LIFES Safari
Duck Grossberg .... data manager (uncredited)
Ron Aller .... special thanks
Jack Bergan .... special thanks
Linda Button .... special thanks
Jim Delorto .... special thanks
Tilman J. Fertitta .... special thanks: The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino & Landry's Restaurants, Inc.
Scotty Jones .... special thanks
Michelle Lorenzo .... special thanks: Panorama Towers
Matthew Mancour .... special thanks: Nevada Film Office
Eric Morris .... special thanks: Bluff Magazine
Edie Myers .... special thanks: Southwest Airlines
Mike Nolan .... special thanks
Alexander Penn .... special thanks (as Alexander)
Logan Penn .... special thanks
Sophia Penn .... special thanks (as Sophia)
Jason Sloane .... special thanks
Tom Strickler .... special thanks
Graham Taylor .... special thanks
Eddie Urquiza .... special thanks
Michele Weiss .... special thanks
Greg Woodhouse .... acknowledgment: tournament poker table provided by
Joe Woody .... special thanks
Lynn M. Zook .... special thanks: "As We Knew It" (as Lynn Zook)

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Rated R for language and some drug content
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R

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The script was barely 29 pages long. Zak Penn had the actors improvise.See more »
Factual errors: (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 »
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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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
"Yes, I did get thrown out of my own Casino.", 27 April 2008
Author: Slickflix from United States

It's hard to be a poker fan in the world of movies. Let's face it, how many great poker movies can you think of? "Rounders" perhaps. Despite "Texas Hold'Em" growing extraordinarily popular over the last few years, Hollywood has really failed to capitalize on the trend. I'm happy to report that the wait is over. "The Grand" not only emerges as a wonderful poker film, but also one of the best comedies I've seen in ages. While it doesn't seem to be well known now, I predict it will find a massive audience on DVD and Cable, ala "Office Space".

"The Grand" is a mocumentary (in the tradition of Christopher Guest), following six players as they compete in huge Texas Hold'em tournament in Nevada. Along the way we meet many other supporting characters, including family and friends of the main six, as well as other participants in the tournament. The initial six are…

Woody Harrelson as "One Eyed" Jack Faro. He is a lifetime drug abuser who has inherited the "Rabbit's Foot Casino" from his grandfather. A large debt has forced him to enter into the tournament his Casino is hosting.

Cheryl Hines as Lainie Schwartzman. She is a mother of five who supports her family (which includes a deadbeat husband) as a professional poker player. She is also the sister of…

David Cross as Larry Schwartzman. He is also a professional poker player, known around the circuit for his obnoxious behavior. The fact that his father puts his support behind his sister Lainie only motivates him more to win the tournament.

Chris Parnell as Harold Melvin. A statistics expert who uses his knowledge of numbers to his advantage as a poker pro. He is also ludicrously Anti-Social, and lives still lives with his elderly mother.

Dennis Farina as Deuce Fairbanks. The old timer who's been on the scene for years, and has nothing but contempt for what's become of the game over the past few years.

Richard Kind as Andy Andrews. A novice player who won an online poker tournament by chance to win his seat at "The Grand", despite knowing absolutely nothing about the game of poker.

Some supporting performers include Judy Greer, Michael McKean, Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, and Shannon Elizabeth. Real life Pro players Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Laak also make appearances, as well as filmmakers Brett Ratner and Werner Herzog.

As you can see, this is a huge ensemble, and director Zak Penn handles it impeccably. Every performance shines, and the pace is fast and fun. I think I laughed three times as much in this film than in any feature all year. The humor is always there, be it in the witty dialogue, the great ensemble, or the various clever scenarios.

As stated before, the film is structured similarly to a Chris Guest mocumentary, alternating between testimonials of the characters, and following the players around as they play in the tournament. The tournament itself is presented similarity to a telecast of "The World Series of Poker", complete with mismatched commentators.

I'm not the biggest fan of Penn's superhero stuff, but I thought he did something clever with his Herzog Loch Ness project. Here, he hits a real sweet spot, creating a real love letter to fans of poker and smart comedy alike.

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