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Deal (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 June 2008 (Germany)
As an ex-gambler teaches a hot-shot college kid some things about playing cards, he finds himself pulled into the world series of poker, where his protégé is his toughest competition.

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Law school graduate Alex Stillman isn't happy as junior clerk in his domineering father's firm but finds distraction as highly gifted Internet poker player. Legendary Tommy Vinson, who retired 20 years ago for his wife's sake, successfully offers to coach Alex for half of the fortunate he can learn to win in Las Vegas. The training, focusing on bluffing and dirty tricks, goes well until Alex feels abused by a girl hired by Vinson. They end up both entering the world tour grand final. Written by KGF Vissers

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Know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. The game is on! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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12 June 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Negócios e Trapaças  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,281 (USA) (25 April 2008)

Gross:

$57,180 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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Trivia

For the film's climax, the World Poker Tour (2003) set was shipped to New Orleans for filming. See more »

Goofs

When Alex is shown playing the last hand of his PokerStars satellite, neither hand is visible to those watching, making this an observer's view of the table. As such, Alex was not actually playing the hand, merely watching someone else win. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 26 April 2008 (2008) See more »

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Not the bad film critics claim it to be, Deal was quite enjoyable and worth a watch.
25 April 2008 | by (Fortaleza, CE Brazil) – See all my reviews

Before commenting on the film, I just want to say that Deal is not the bad film critics are bashing for apparent no reason, not even by far. It wasn't a masterpiece, but Deal was certainly entertaining for what it is: a light-weight, straight-forward drama/coming-of-age story that takes place in the world of Poker championships. The story doesn't need twists and turns. So what if you can see the ending coming by a mile?it was still great to watch Burt and Bret Harrison playing each other so well. With its short running time, Deal flows nicely. Not flashy or made on a huge budget, Deal delivered a good time nevertheless, and it was quite moving to see Burt Reynolds, one of the most criminally underestimated actors of Hollywood, back to the theaters playing a main part again. The man is seventy two now, but still holds his impressive charm and larger-than-life screen presence. To have lived the life he lived -being Number One Box Office actor for five years straight and then falling from grace and being destroyed by a serious of awful circumstances and career mistakes - gives Reynolds a living legend aura and certainly made me think that he is one of those last, great movie stars who won't get the recognition he deserves, that is, until the day he dies, but then it will be too late. It happened to Charles Bronson, it happened to Roy Scheyder, it happened to Rod Steiger: in the late phase of their careers, they were criminally forgotten and nighted, when they truly deserved the due respect.


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