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Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000)

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Four friends steal a valuable statuette for a dangerous black market art dealer, lose it and are forced to play a deadly bluffing game to save their lives.


Paul Rachman


Shawn David Thompson (as Thomas Durham), William Quist
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Williams ... Audrey
Balthazar Getty ... Julian
Arly Jover ... Maria
Jason Cairns Jason Cairns ... Oscar
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Priest
Daniel London ... Kevin
Stacy Edwards ... Holly
Steve Jones ... Tom (as Stephen Phillip Jones)
George Lazenby ... Carlo
John Taylor ... Dick (as John Nigel Taylor)
Tim Curry ... Felix
Octavia Spencer ... Waitress (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Ray Berrios Ray Berrios ... House Security Guard
Peter Vasquez ... Data Security Guard (as Peter Mark Vasquez)
Ramiro Fabian Ramiro Fabian ... Supervisor


A group of best friends and amateur thieves steal a valuable statuette for a ruthless black market art dealer. After the thieves botch the delivery of the objet d'art, the art dealer forces them to 'find' $1 million by the end of the week or face certain death. The desperate friends concoct a plan whereby each of them takes out a $1 million life insurance policy on themselves. Consequently, if one of the friends die, the others will collect on the policy and pay off the dangerous art dealer. The thieves then enter into a lethal lottery to choose who will be the victim and who will be the killer. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Dogs Playing Poker See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the movie when Audrey is punching in the code for the art room, she is told the last two digits were 2 and 7. She clearly doesn't type those numbers, it looks like she enters 9 and 8. See more »

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Daniel London in the role of Kevin is listed twice in the closing credits. See more »


I Don't Mind
Written and Performed by Scott Hackwith
Courtesy of Hackwith Music ASCAP
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The title and premise fare better than the film itself
13 April 2015 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With such a great title and the premise while a little far-fetched being also brilliant, Four Dogs Playing could have been a very good film. Instead for me it had its fair share of good things but fell short, being a moderately entertaining film at most.

Four Dogs Playing Poker is stylishly made, looking every bit the brooding thriller type of film, complete with atmospheric and not too dim lighting and settings that suit the film well. It's competently directed, the music does have intensity and the story while less than perfect is a lot of time diverting and not too dull. Another thing Four Dogs Playing Poker does well is that it has a fun cast, with the high points being Tim Curry, who's excellent(if very underused) in a more serious role than usual, and an intimidating Forrest Whittaker. Olivia Williams brings a variety of emotions to her role and Balthazar Getty is very charismatic in his.

Sadly, Four Dogs Playing Poker does come up short in other areas. The script is quite weak, being rather underdeveloped and sometimes confused, leaving more questions than answers with some "comedy" parts instead feeling flat and misplaced. Despite the cast giving their all the film does a not particularly good job making their characters interesting, with almost all of them being one-dimensional and clichéd and the most experienced cast members(i.e. Curry) not being in long enough). Four Dogs Playing Poker is hurt by the predictability of the second half, weakening the fun and suspense that the film started off with, which also becomes increasingly preposterous, in want of more explanation and lacking in momentum. By the time the twist came I found myself not caring very much for who the perpetrator was.

Overall, great title and premise but doesn't quite deliver as much as it could have done. Disappointing, but hardly a time-waster. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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