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Bookies (2003)

Centers on four college friends who become small-time bookies, only to find their world spinning dangerously out of control when their greed attracts the attention of organized crime.

Director:

Mark Illsley

Writer:

Michael Bacall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Stahl ... Toby
Johnny Galecki ... Jude
Lukas Haas ... Casey
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Hunter
David Proval ... Larry
John Diehl ... Vincent
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Martinez
Zuri Williams Zuri Williams ... Duane
Dwight Armstrong ... Abraham
Steve Hudson ... Julius Garrett
Errol Trotman-Harewood ... Professor Felix
Catherine Britton Catherine Britton ... Tammy
Art Karounos Art Karounos ... Bouncer
Dominic Boeer Dominic Boeer ... Buzz Cut (as Dominic Böer)
Marco Stankovic Marco Stankovic ... Mark
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Centers on four college friends who become small-time bookies, only to find their world spinning dangerously out of control when their greed attracts the attention of organized crime.

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Risk is the biggest rush.


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

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apostadores See more »

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Budget:

CAD 8,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Toby: I wonder all the time, is there any significance to the people we meet in our lives? Does our life follow fate, or chance?
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Soundtracks

Official Chemical
Written by Jason O'Bryan, Barry Ashworth, T.K. Lawrence, Baqi Abdush-Shaheed, James Sheffield Dewees
Performed by Dub Pistols
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Amateur Film-making! Muddied and Inaccurate Portrayal of Gambling!
12 November 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

"Bookies" offers a glimpse into gambling that lacks basic insights into the fundamentals of sports betting and the psychology of gambling.

The story focuses on three college students who start a bookmaking business on campus, and they immediately attract a thriving and seemingly endless supply of customers. The film suggests that gambling is a novelty, ignoring the fact that anyone may go to the internet and place a bet on a sporting event.

The psychological mindset of the three students was another shortcoming of this film. We did not see addictive personalities or much of the pressures that should have been apparent on three students who were breaking the law in running their bookmaking operation. Instead, the only pressure came from a rival pair of mob-like bookies, not from the inept campus police.

There are two very fine independent films, "Stuey" and "Bought and Sold" that get to the heart of gambling as an addition. Those two films offer better acting, directing, and screen writing than the amateur style of the "Bookies." I wager 10-to-1 that this film will never make it over the 6.0 rating in the IMDb rankings!


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