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The Music of Chance (1993)

R | | Drama | 4 June 1993 (USA)
A thrill seeker agrees to help a shady professional gambler win a high stakes poker game. However, they lose and become captives of two eccentric rich men who decide to forcibly keep them on their remote gated ranch as indentured servants.

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Philip Haas

Writers:

Philip Haas (screenplay), Belinda Haas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Spader ... Jack Pozzi
Mandy Patinkin ... Jim Nashe
M. Emmet Walsh ... Calvin Murks
Charles Durning ... Bill Flower
Joel Grey ... Willy Stone
Samantha Mathis ... Tiffany
Chris Penn ... Floyd
Pearl Jones Pearl Jones ... Louise
Jordan Spainhour Jordan Spainhour ... Floyd Jr.
Paul Auster ... Driver
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Storyline

Whilst traveling across America living off the money from a large inheritance, ex-fireman Nashe has a chance meeting with Pozzi, a professional gambler and card shark. Nashe agrees to fund the penniless Pozzi in a game of poker against two eccentric millionaires, Flower and Stone, in an attempt to regain some of his spent fortune. His gamble has unforeseen and bizarre consequences for both himself and Pozzi. This film is an almost exact translation of the novel by Paul Auster. Written by Stewart Kristiansen <cskjs@swan.ac.uk>

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Jack Pozzi is about to take the biggest gamble of his life...

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La musica del caso See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$313,967
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Jim Nashe is in bed after the party, he reads a book. You can see that the cover indicates the book is one by Paul Auster, who wrote the novel upon which the movie is based. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Murks: Mornin' boys.
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Connections

References White Heat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Jerusalem
Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyrics by William Blake
Performed by Mandy Patinkin
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A lovely surprise at the end of the day
19 May 2002 | by alanpuzeySee all my reviews

Yesterday, I hired 'AI' on video, watched it and thought 'a typical over-hyped Hollywood movie' - overlong with some excellent effects and rather disjointed good and bad phases. Later that evening I started watching 'The Music of Chance' on TV; which I had noticed was only given moderate status in the Radio Times reviews. The longer I watched it, the more hooked I became on a really great movie, that was everything AI wasn't. The good, original story was brilliantly translated to film by Philip Haas and the five principal actors were all superb in their roles. The movie just got better and better until the really neat ending closed in the perfect way for me. What a surprising day's film viewing that turned out to be.


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