Deal (I) (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  12 June 2008 (Germany)
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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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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Arte do Jogo  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Jennifer Tilly is the only professional poker player in the film to play a character rather than appear as themselves. She is a world series of poker ladies champion who appears in the film with her boyfriend and fellow poker pro Phil Laak. See more »


During the WPT Championship sequence, Commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten call the play from the start of the tournament to it's finish. This never happens with WPT coverage. In the WPT T.V. episodes, Sexton and Van Patten only commentate on the final table coverage. See more »


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Written & Performed by Kenneth Burgomaster
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It looks like ANOTHER ad for a poker conglomerate
10 April 2008 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Another dud poker film.

Why? Two main reasons; firstly, it does not look and feel like film. The script is really lazy: where was the REAL education, where was something we haven't seen a thousand times before. It is no way and at no time touches the heart and soul of the game. Plus it just looks and feels like a TV made movie: there is no attempt to use film to compliment the story, the grading, lighting, editing etc; are some of the most unoriginal I've seen for a while (And don't get me started on Reynold's hairpiece).

And secondly, and for my money this is incredibly off putting the whole film reeks of being an ad for a poker company and its site - there is just no integrity, and not enough fun, excitement, or film here.

The positives are the chemistry between the leads is good and that makes it just viewable for a really lazy beer and pizza night...

But it's really just 90 minutes of regurgitated slick willy crap.

Hugely disappointing, the best thing about this was the trailer....

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