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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.

Director:

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...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

In a poker game 2 purple chips are put on the stake pile, another purple one is tossed on then a 4th is tossed on but the 3 previous ones have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Murks: Mornin' boys.
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Jerusalem
Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyrics by William Blake
Performed by Mandy Patinkin
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A real gem
21 February 1999 | by Jaime N. ChristleySee all my reviews

Now here's a rare bird indeed--a '90s movie with an imaginative, original plotline and interesting characters. There wasn't a moment in this film where I could tell where it was going. It wasn't just random and arbitrary like, say, "U-Turn" or "Lost Highway". With a measured pace, it's constructed like a weird dream--if you liked the films of Philip Kaufman or Lindsay Anderson, or the plays of David Mamet, I think you'll have a good time with this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,359, 6 June 1993

Gross USA:

$313,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,967
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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