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Smokin' Aces (2006)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  26 January 2007 (USA)
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When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

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Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When the word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, deadly vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The Only Way To Even The Score... Is To Take Buddy Israel Out Of The Game See more »


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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,638,755 (USA) (26 January 2007)

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$35,635,046 (USA) (9 March 2007)
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The FBI helicopter N350SC is used in the Nicolas Cage movie Next (2007). See more »

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When Buddy shuffles the card deck he has a ring in his right little finger. Then a camera turns away and come back, and a ring is gone. See more »

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Donald Carruthers: You've got to be careful when doing your stakeouts. I did one for... I was on one for six months. I gained, like, 20, 25 pounds. You keep eating this crap...
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Donald Carruthers: That's 'cause you're 12 years old.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Big borin' mess!
13 June 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I didn't want to get my hopes up too high for this one since most films released nowadays tend to disappoint, and it's a good job I didn't as Smokin' Aces is a huge mess of a film and nothing like the entertaining thriller it's trailers lead you to believe it is. Smokin' Aces is, unfortunately, just another one of those 'cool' thrillers along the same lines as Lucky Number Slevin and Kill Bill which features a load of offbeat characters and a no good story that basically just throws them all in a melting pot together. Indeed, writer-director Joe Carnahan seems to think that having his "actors" sprout off a few cringe-inducing scripts here and there will mask the fact that this is a film with no backbone. The plot (if you can call it that) revolves around some guy called Buddy Israel who decided to rat on the mob. That wasn't a very smart idea as now he has found himself the target of a whole load of hit men from across the states. Sound good? Yeah, I thought it sounded pretty good too. What a shame about the execution.

This is supposed to be one of those 'interlocking stories' kind of films, but not only are the stories not very interesting; they don't go together very well either, which just makes Smokin' Aces feel like a big mess. This also ensures that the film is boring too and watching it is a lot like pulling teeth. I often found myself struggling on, hoping that something good was going to happen only to find myself constantly disappointed. 'Big name' actors Ben Afleck and Ray Liotta appear briefly and don't improve the credibility of the film at all. I'm guessing their appearances were so short as they wanted as little association with this movie as possible while still being paid, and who can blame them? Joe Carnahan directed the highly rated, and overrated, Narc a few years ago and bearing that in mind along with this film, I doubt I'll see another of his. It's a shame as he's set to direct an adaptation of James Ellroy's "White Jazz", which I'd still like to see despite it being the worst book in Ellroy's fantastic "L.A. Quartet". Overall, Smokin' Aces is a film to avoid!


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