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Rounders (1998)

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A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike McDermott
... Jo
... Teddy KGB
Paul Cicero ... Russian Thug
... Kenny
... Joey Knish
Merwin Goldsmith ... Sy
Sonny Zito ... Tony
... Zagosh
... Irving
... Savino
Peter Yoshida ... Henry Lin
Jay Boryea ... Russian Thug #2
... Moogie
... Abe Petrovsky
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Storyline

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

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Trust everyone... but always cut the cards See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apuesta final  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,459,126, 13 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,905,674, 8 November 1998
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2.35 : 1
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Writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman have cameos in the Atlantic City poker scene; they're two of the players used to illustrate giveaway tells. See more »

Goofs

Mike goes to a check cashing place with a personal check for $10,000 from his professor. Check cashing businesses never cash personal checks on the same day; they require a 3-5 day waiting period so the check can clear. And even if it was a payroll check, the business would have taken a percentage to cash it, so Mike would not have had the full $10,000 to bring to the game. The filmmakers have stated (in interview with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons) that the cash checking location is run by a friend of his professor's, but the scene was cut to bring the film's running time down. See more »

Quotes

Mike McDermott: [Narrating, while playing in the sheriffs game] Generally the rule is: the nicer the guy, the poorer the card player, these guys despite being cops are real sweet hearts. I'm right on schedule, I'm up forty two hundred. The morning can't get here soon enough.
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Connections

Featured in Rounders: Inside Professional Poker (1998) See more »

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Warm Valley
Written by Duke Ellington
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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A tightly focused vehicle for Damon's charm and swagger.
15 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is incredibly focused. There is not one throw-away line or one extra frame in the entire movie. From the first establishing shot to the final line, the production team plays it tight and aggressive. I couldn't help but think of "The Hustler" as I watched, and Damon more than survives this comparison to a young Paul Newman. His swagger and charm and the even, controlled truthfulness of his performance all serve to place him solidly in the game with any of Hollywood's best. Highly recommended.


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