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Runner Runner (2013)

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When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.


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Billy 'Pet' Petricoff
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Delegate Herrera
Harry Furst
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Handlebar Mustache
Professor Horstein


Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Written by 20th Century Fox Distribution

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,706,712, 6 October 2013, Wide Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Shorts Skyvan aircraft taking off near the end of the movie, is the same one that was used for the movie Welcome to the Jungle (2013), with tail number N106SW, and it was the property of MN Airlines until late 2014. See more »


When Ben Affleck's character talks about all the things he cannot do in the US anymore, he mentions Pittsburgh and its famous Primanti brothers restaurant chain, notably the specialty sandwiches they make. He pronounces it Pri-MAHN-ti, with the AN letters sounding like 'on'. Any big fan of the restaurant chain would know the proper pronunciation is Prim-AN-ti, with the AN sound similar to the name "Ann". See more »


[first lines]
Richie Furst: Everyone gambles. They may call it something else, like the stock market, or real estate. But make no mistake, if you're risking something, you're gambling. And if you're gambling, then I'm the guy you want to see.
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Written by William Abers (as Willy "Wil Dog" Abers), Ulises Bella, Pablo Castorena, Jose Espinosa , Cut Chemist, William Marrufo, Raul Pacheco, Justin Poree (as Justin Porée), Alfredo Ortiz (as Alfredo Rafael Ortiz), Asdrubal Sierra (as Asdru Sierra), Charles Stewart, and Jiro Yamaguchi
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
By arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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A relatively predictable film
30 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

As mentioned in a previous review, this film is a bit too familiar to be an exciting watch. Having said that, the performances, particularly Affleck, were of good quality and each leading actor portrayed their characters well. This is not an intelligent nor original film, but the location and storyline do add a sense of refreshment to the formulaic 'good guy trumps' action/thriller plot. I enjoyed the film. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, nor was I glued to the screen, but the fact that we had the whole screening room to ourselves meant that we could quip freely about what was going on, and this naturally added to my enjoyment. There were a few unintentionally funny moments, mostly near the end, but that may be more of a personal observation and many viewers may have a different view on that. Affleck was convincing and strong as the shady, ruthless business tycoon and delivered his lines with appealing finesse. Timberlake was a good choice for the role as an initially thin-skinned Prinston student, and his development as a character was well-timed throughout. Overall, I enjoyed the film, but it's not one I would rave about to friends. 'Prisoners' was showing at the same time and while I haven't seen it yet, I can say with a relative degree of certainty that it would be a more compelling and rewarding watch.

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