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The Ante (2006)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 18 April 2008 (USA)
An innocent man becomes the killer everyone wants him to be when he gambles his freedom in order to save it.



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Credited cast:
Paul Burke ...
Paula Davis ...
The Farmer's Wife
Anastasia Bondarenko ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elio Castello ...
Farmer's VO
Sharon McDonell ...
Derek Seguin ...
State Trooper #1
Mitchell Wolanski ...


When down-on-his-luck Sam Bailey takes a wrong turn on a remote country road, he ends up with more than a little dirt to wash off his shoes after a miserable farmwife's hope for a better life becomes his worst nightmare. After Sam's greedy Russian wife discovers his deadly secret, she ups the ante with her own crazy plot - playing with Sam's life to cover her bet. The story of a man's absurd gamble to save his innocence; three desperate people who bet everything they have in a brainless high-stakes game of loser-loses-all. Written by Anonymous

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gamble | murder | dark comedy | money | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Man's Luck  »

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CAD 350,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Jan: I'm not going to jail for you.
Sam: Shit, you won't even go to the kitchen for me.
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Great Indie Film With Original Ideas
15 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I thought this film was great. I loved the story line and the choice of folk music used. I actually researched the music after watching the movie several times. I take a chance and watch indie movies I've never heard of from time to time and wondered if this would be a good movie. A few minutes into the movie, I was hooked. I would recommend it to anyone. It's just a little over an hour long so if you don't like it, you haven't wasted too much time but I loved it!

My only problem was that this movie has not been watched enough to be able to do a Google search and find it based on the movie plot. I think it's a shame that they didn't spend more on publicity so more people would know about it. Anyway, I liked the movie very much and spent a lot of time trying to find the title so I could watch it again before I accidentally ran across it on Netflix again. I won't forget it next time! I would probably buy this movie if I could find it. Of course, I do like odd and off the beaten path types of movies. I thought it was original which is difficult to find these days and I never really figured out what was going to happen at the end until it was over.

Thanks for a great indie film!!

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