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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 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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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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Pick a card, any card See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$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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Soon after their roles here, both Tom Aldredge and Michael Rispoli would go on to play key roles in The Sopranos (1999), as would John Turturro's sister Aida Turturro. See more »

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At the sheriffs game Worm is not clean shaved despite having visited a barbershop hours before the game. See more »

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Mike McDermott: [Narrating while driving Knish's truck and making deliveries for him] you don't hear much about guys who take their shot and miss, I'll tell you what happens to them: they end up humping crappy jobs on grave yard shifts, trying to figure out how they came up short. I had an picture in my head of me sitting at the big table Doyle sitting to my left Amarillo Slim to my right, playing in The World Series Of Poker and I let that vision blind me at the table against KGB now the closest I get to Vegas...
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I Hate Myself For Loving You
Written by Joan Jett & Desmond Child
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Very underrated character piece, although not without its flaws
1 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Rounders" is about a straight-flying legal student (Matt Damon) who leaves behind his gambling habits to satisfy his moralistic girlfriend. However when his best friend "Worm" (Edward Norton) is released from jail, the two embark on a cards-journey that leads them from success to misfortune after Worm is caught cheating and the man who caught him (John Malkovich) wants his money back.

Whereas Ben Affleck continues to go downhill after "Good Will Hunting," Matt Damon has striven uphill, taking on daring productions such as "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Bourne Identity" series, and of course "Rounders," which features one of his best performances. Damon has become typecast as some sort of bad actor in the league of Affleck, but he's much better than his pal, and films like this prove it.

Norton is once again superb as one of his characters you love to hate. He's got the character of Worm down pat, and it really elevates the acting (along with Damon) to a level of greatness.

The film is directed and written very well, offering realistic dialog and gritty environments. However the flaws of the movie are its long running time (two hours exactly), which could have been shortened, and probably the fact that its card playing is sometimes a bit alienating to the audience.

That said, this is still a very underrated movie featuring outstanding performances and a unique spin on gambling flicks. Worth watching at least once in a lifetime.


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