Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster.Written by
The director (Damian Nieman) is also a professional card magician, and required the cast to perform their own magic tricks. The "making of" documentary that comes with the DVD is worth the view, just for the amazing tricks. See more »
The position of Miller's hand alternates between holding the drink and crossed over to his other arm while talking to Marlo. See more »
The credits list an "Erdnase Grip" and a "Mechanic's Grip." S.W. Erdnase was the pseudonym of the author of the book "Expert at the Card Table," which was referenced in this movie. A "mechanic's grip" is a special way to hold the cards that facilitates many common sleights (including dealing seconds and dealing from the bottom of the deck). See more »
There is no high stakes poker game in the world, be it in a casino, poker club, or wherever that would not have a professional dealer running the game.
The players would absolutely not be permitted to handle any cards other than their own, to prevent the players from doing exactly what happened in the film: Cheating. In these types of games, the "House" makes money by keeping a percentage of each pot. Cheating is not in their interest, and no high stakes players would ever play in a game like this.
Same problem with "Rounders". Still, it was a decent "Big Con" movie, altho not in the class of "The Sting", "Confidence", "Matchstick Men" or "House of Games".
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