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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... See more »

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Cast

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Mike McDermott
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Jo
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Teddy KGB
Paul Cicero ...
Russian Thug
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Kenny
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Joey Knish
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Sy
Sonny Zito ...
Tony
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Zagosh
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Irving
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Savino
Peter Yoshida ...
Henry Lin
Jay Boryea ...
Russian Thug #2
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Moogie
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Abe Petrovsky
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Professor Eisen
Michael Lombard ...
D.A. Shields
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Judge Marinacci
Beeson Carroll ...
Judge Kaplan
E. Matthew Yavne ...
Professor Green (as Matthew Yavne)
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Worm
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Roy (as Eric LaRay Harvey)
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Dowling
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Derald
George Kmeck ...
Prison Guard
Joseph Parisi ...
Property Guard (as Joe Parisi)
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Barbara
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Wagner
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Birch
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Steiny
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Higgins
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Petra
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Griggs
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Kelly
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Roman
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Maurice
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Grama
Michele Zanes ...
Taj Dealer
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Guberman
Joey Vega ...
Freddy Face (as Joe Vega)
Neal Hemphill ...
Claude
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. ...
Judge McKinnon
Johnny Chan ...
Johnny Chan (as Jon C. Chan)
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Sherry
John Di Benedetto ...
LaRossa
Nicole Brier ...
Sunshine
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Eisenberg
Tony Hoty ...
Taki
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Zizzo
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Cronos
Sal Richards ...
Johnny Gold
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Weitz
John Gallagher ...
Bartender
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Sean Frye
P.J. Brown ...
Vitter
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Osborne
Michael Arkin ...
Bear
Murphy Guyer ...
Detweiler
Alan Davidson ...
Cabbie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angelis Alexandris ...
Card Player (uncredited)
Akiko Ashley ...
Hooker (uncredited)
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Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Marcelline Block ...
Law Student (uncredited)
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Cardsharp (uncredited)
Salvatore Cavaliere ...
State Trooper (uncredited)
Hans Cozzens ...
Card Player (uncredited)
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State Trooper (uncredited)
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Russian Thug (uncredited)
Michael Griffith ...
Broke Gambler (uncredited)
Jason Hale ...
College Student (uncredited)
Roberto Lopez ...
Card Player (uncredited)
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Prison Guard (uncredited)
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State Trooper (uncredited)
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Hostess (uncredited)
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Atlantic City Call Girl (uncredited)
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Card Player at KGB's (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Dahl

Written by

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David Levien ... (written by) &
Brian Koppelman ... (written by)

Produced by

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Bobby Cohen ... executive producer
Ted Demme ... producer
Tracy Falco ... associate producer
Christopher Goode ... associate producer
Kerry Orent ... executive producer
Joel Stillerman ... producer
Bob Weinstein ... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein ... executive producer

Music by

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Christopher Young

Cinematography by

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Jean-Yves Escoffier ... director of photography (as Jean Yves Escoffier)

Film Editing by

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Scott Chestnut

Editorial Department

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Darren Block ... assistant editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
John Scott Cook ... first assistant editor
Jim Cricchi ... assistant editor
David Hamme ... colorist
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. ... assistant editor
Richard J. Rossi ... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick ... color timer
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor
John Gardiner ... colorist: dailies (uncredited)

Casting By

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Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Robert Pearson ... (as Rob Pearson)

Art Direction by

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Rick Butler

Set Decoration by

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Beth Kushnick

Costume Design by

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Terry Dresbach

Makeup Department

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Victor DeNicola ... key hair stylist
Rita Ogden ... additional makeup artist
Anthony Veader ... key hair stylist
Carla White ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Christopher Goode ... unit production manager
Robert Hackl ... post-production supervisor (as Robert A. Hackl)
Margo Myers ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nina Jack ... second second assistant director
Roger Lee ... dga trainee
Peter Leto ... second assistant director
Christopher Swartout ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Dennis Causey ... set dresser
Ruth Ann Cicetka ... scenic shop person (as Ruth Ann Cecetka)
Robert Currie ... on-set dresser
Paul Dale ... camera scenic artist
Harry Darrow ... assistant art director
Chris DeTitta ... leadman
Rich Devine ... assistant props (as Richard Devine)
Rochelle Edelson ... camera scenic artist
Tammy Feaster ... art department production assistant
Steven Gamiello ... second props (as Steve Gamiello)
Gilbert H. Gertsen ... set dresser (as Gilbert Gertsen)
Gordon Gertsen ... set dresser
James Geyer ... scenic artist (as Jim Geyer)
Jeffrey L. Glave ... scenic artist
Kevin Golden ... scenic foreman
Jonathan Graham ... key construction grip
Judy Gurr ... set dresser
Leo Holder ... graphic designer
Gary Jennings ... scenic artist
Lori Johnson ... assistant set decorator
Timothy Joliat ... set dresser (as Tim Joliet)
Heather Danielle Kane ... assistant property master (as Heather Kane)
Lara Kelly ... art department coordinator
Lisa Kent ... set dec buyer
Elina Kother ... scenic artist
Ross La Terra ... set dresser
Nick Miller ... construction coordinator
John Oates Jr. ... second
Joseph Proscia ... set dresser (as Joe Proscia)
Ann Sherrill ... scenic artist (as Anne Sherrill)
Ron Stone ... property master
Mitch Towse ... set dresser
Richard Bryan Douglas ... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Regnier ... set dresser (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joel Roi Aronowitz ... second boom operator
Trip Brock ... dialogue editor
Kent Brown ... additional sound recordist
Zane D. Bruce ... foley artist
Michael Chandler ... sound editor
Chris David ... re-recording mixer
Mark Goodermote ... boom operator
Cindy Jo Hinkleman ... assistant sound editor
Bobby Johanson ... adr mixer
Jon Johnson ... supervising sound editor
Erick Jolley ... assistant to sound editor
Val Kuklowsky ... supervising adr editor
Ryan Murphy ... sound recordist
Jeffrey Perkins ... re-recording mixer
Miguel Rivera ... sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella ... foley artist
Andrew Schmetterling ... boom operator
Bruce Stubblefield ... dialogue editor
Robert Troy ... dialogue editor
Mark Weingarten ... sound
Ben Wilkins ... sound editor
Chris Winter ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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James Brown ... technical consultant
Edward Drohan ... special effects
John Ottesen ... special effects

Stunts

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Peter Bucossi ... stunt trooper 1
Norman Douglass ... stunt trooper 2
Jery Hewitt ... stunt coordinator
Jack Lotz ... stunt double: Sy

Camera and Electrical Department

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Donald M. Angst ... electrician
Rafael August ... additional electrician
Bart Blaise ... second assistant camera
Matt Chubet ... company grip (as Matthew Chubet)
John Clifford ... still photographer
John Corso ... steadicam operator
James J. Ferris ... electrician (as Jim Ferris)
Matthew W. Flannery ... camera loader (as Matthew Flannery)
Michael Green ... camera operator
Pedro Hernández ... best boy grip
Marc Hirschfeld ... steadicam assistant
Jerry Holway ... director of photography: additional photography / steadicam operator
Lukasz Jogalla ... camera operator (as Lucas Jogalla)
Richard C. Kerekes ... dolly grip (as Rich Kerekes)
Peter Koola ... electrician
Gary Martone ... key grip
Michael J. Maurer ... electrician
John L. Oates ... electrician (as John Oates)
Darren Perkell ... second camera loader
Storn Peterson ... first assistant camera
Scott H. Ramsey ... gaffer
Darren Ryan ... video assist operator
Mark Schwentner ... best boy electric
Dustin Smith ... dolly grip
Sean Souza ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Igor Srubshchik ... 24 frame video operator / video playback operator
Jonas Steadman ... focus puller
Larry Steinberg ... third grip
Franz Yeich ... third grip
Jason A. Micallef ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Byron Crystal ... extras casting
Carol Lewis ... casting: Los Angeles
Julie Lichter ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill E. Anderson ... assistant costumer (as Jill Anderson)
Sandi Figueroa ... costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob ... costume supervisor
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton ... wardrobe supervisor
Alice Levy ... additional costumer
Emily Loreto ... assistant costume designer
Fionnuala M. Lynch ... additional costumer (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Bega Metzner ... assistant costume designer
Robert Pease ... set costumer

Location Management

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Bill Barvin ... location manager
Guy Efrat ... location scout
Cesar Quinones ... location scout
Demian Resnick ... location assistant
Sam Rohn ... location scout

Music Department

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Pete Anthony ... conductor / orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Greg Dennen ... scoring crew
George Doering ... musician
Lori L. Eschler ... music editor: temp music (as Lori Eschler Frystak)
Robert Fernandez ... scoring mixer
Rick Frystak ... music consultant (as Ricky Frystak)
M.B. Gordy ... musician: Percussion
Tanya Noel Hill ... music editor
Jon Kull ... orchestrator
Thomas Milano ... additional music editor
Randall Poster ... music supervisor
Jonathan Price ... orchestrator / scoring coordinator
David Reynolds ... score coordinator
Marni Sanders ... copyist
Amanda Scheer-Demme ... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Karl Vincent ... musician
Gernot Wolfgang ... scoring coordinator
Christopher Young ... orchestrator
Randy Spendlove ... executive in charge of music: Miramax Films (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Hebert Ade ... driver
Bobby Alberga ... driver
Frank Appedu ... driver
Charlie Barron ... driver
Rich Battista ... driver
Billy Featherstone ... driver
Robert Featherstone ... driver
George Holtzer ... driver
Fred Momole ... driver
Regis Mullaney ... driver
John Raffone ... driver
Francis Volpe ... driver
Louis Volpe ... transportation captain (as Lou 'Sonny' Volpe)
Ralph Volpe ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Tom Biglin ... photo double: Edward Norton
Carmella Caridi ... production counsel
Brian Carmichael ... playback video operator
Drew Clarke ... assistant: Matt Damon
Wendy Cohen ... clearance
Barbra Dannov ... assistant: Joel Stillerman
Robert Dawson ... title designer
Jennifer Demme ... set production assistant
Meryl Emmerton ... assistant production coordinator
Jason Farrar ... unit production assistant
Samuel V. Franco ... assistant to producer
Cliff Fuller ... office production assistant
Christopher Gambale ... assistant to harvey weinstein
Ginger Gonzalez ... set production assistant
Pamela Hirsch ... office production assistant
Leah Holmes ... post production accountant
Mandy Key ... assistant to cast (as Amanda Key)
Kenneth M. Kroll ... production accountant (as Ken Kroll)
Cara Leibovitz ... unit publicist
Lynn Lewis Lovett ... script supervisor
Bill McAdams Jr. ... photo double: Matt Damon
Steve McAuliff ... animal wrangler
Michael McBrien ... production assistant
Donna McLeer ... assistant: Mr. Demme (as Donna Cintorrino)
Stacia Peters ... development assistant: Joel Stillerman
Scott Rosenstein ... production assistant
Michael Scelza ... poker technical consultant
Ted Shields ... set production assistant
Susan Strine ... assistant accountant
Sheryl Swann ... assistant: John Dahl
Will Sweeney ... assistant to executive producer
Andrew Vogliano ... production secretary
Tara Walls ... product placement
Stan Wiencko ... set production assistant
Andrew Zolot ... production coordinator
Tom Fahn ... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Cheri Zucca ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Doyle Brunson ... the producers wish to thank
Johnny Chan ... the producers wish to thank
Seth Jaret ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

John Dahl directed this exploration of New York private clubs devoted to high-stakes poker, with first-person narration from the film's central figure, law student Mike McDermott (Matt Damon), who loses his entire savings to Russian club owner Teddy KGB (John Malkovich). Mike then turns away from cards, devoting his attentions to his law studies and his live-in girlfriend Jo (Gretchen Mol), who's concerned when Mike's former gambling buddy Worm (Edward Norton) is released from prison. She has good reason to worry, since it takes Worm only a matter of minutes to draw Mike back into poker action. When she learns Mike has returned to the poker clubs, she moves out, and Mike begins to lose interest in his studies. Worm has a prison debt, and the threatening Grama (Michael Rispoli) wants the money. Mike not only indulges the irresponsible Worm, he gets involved in Worm's debts. When Grama demands $15,000 on a five-day deadline, the two buddies go into high gear with a non-stop, no-sleep gambling binge that spirals downward toward an ultimate confrontation with Teddy KGB.

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Taglines You've got to play the hand you're dealt. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Les joueurs (France)
  • Dernier tour de table (Canada, French title)
  • Sidste spil (Denmark)
  • Rounders: Ässä hihassa (Finland)
  • Tutku (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 121 min
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Box Office

Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,459,126, 13 Sep 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia Matt Damon and Edward Norton played the $10,000 buy-in Texas Hold 'Em(No Limit) championship event at the 1998 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. During the first of four days, Matt Damon had pocket Kings and was knocked out by former world champion and poker legend Doyle Brunson who held pocket Aces. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Rounders/Kiki's Delivery Service/Simon Birch/Slums of Beverly Hills/Digging to China (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Baby, I'm A Big Star Now See more »
Quotes Mike McDermott: [Narrating first lines, first getting dressed in their apartment, kissed his girlfriend as she sleeps, then going through belongings to find "three stacks of society", hidden inside a cigar box on top of his desk, inside the top left hand drawer of the same desk, hidden inside an empty VHS box entitled Caro's Pro poker Tells by Mike Caro, behind hidden inside the bottom and back left hand corner of a picture frame, and hidden inside a book entitled Super System by Doyle Brunson] Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.
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