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Smokin' Aces (2006)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Newton
Beanie (as Christopher Holley)
Top Coated Gunman


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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fbi | mafia | casino | mob hit | sniper | See All (125) »


Nobody gets away clean. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ases calientes  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,023,862 (UK) (12 January 2007)


$35,635,046 (USA) (9 March 2007)

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Feature film debut of Common. See more »


The Tremor's shoot-up the Bailbonds men in the parking lot, bullets flying everywhere from automatic weapons. Later we see that whilst the Bailbonds men's car has smashed windows, there are no signs of any bullet hits to the body of the car. See more »


[first lines]
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...
Richard Messner: Well, that's not my problem, though. I don't gain weight. I tried.
Donald Carruthers: That's 'cause you're 12 years old.
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Play Your Cards Right
(Godoy Colbert, James Conwell, Henry Graham, Common (as Lonnie Rashid Lynn), Karriem Riggins,
Leonard Smith)
Performed by Common featuring Bilal
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Contains a sample of "Under The Street Lamp"
Performed by Joe Bataan
Courtesy of Emusica Records, LLC
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A lot better than what it's given credit for...
25 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read some of the reviews for this movie, and I can't agree with them. I completely disagree in that I thought this was a very entertaining movie. The concept was very well thought out but it wasn't perfect, obviously.

Basically, the movie was about several groups of assassins all gunning for the same man for the same price. The reason he is wanted dead is because of his snitching and deceitful ways. I'm not going to give anything away, but once you watch the movie you'll know there's a lot more behind that. Only thing you really need to do is pay as close attention as you can during the beginning, because it does get a little confusing. The story moves along pretty quickly, but you will get the gist of it.

Overall, I thought it was very well done. The plot was good, the characters were amazing (especially Ryan Reynolds), and there were some nice action parts. Even though it dragged on a little bit during the middle, it was necessary to develop plot details. 9 out of 10 stars from me; it was very entertaining and thought provoking. Last but not least, the white karate kid in the trailer was hilarious, "Why you eye-ballin' me son!?".

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