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 book shown throughout the movie, "The Expert at the Card Table" by S.W. Erdnase, is known as the "Cardman's Bible". Originally published in 1902 for cheating purposes, it is still considered the best book on the subject. It is a quote of Erdnase which is shown onscreen as the film begins. See more »
At the final game, when the camera looks at Vernon, we see Tiffany smoking behind him, apart from Miller. But when the camera shows Tiffany herself, we see she's right beside Miller. 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 »
The names assigned to the characters in this film may be an attempt to appeal to the "inside" world of magicians, but it only serves to annoy those who knew most of the people whose names were used. A perfect example of this is the strange scene where "Vernon" is hiding out at the Magic Castle and is lectured to by "The Professor" on the evils of card cheating vs performing as a magician. In real life, Vernon and the Professor were one and the same person. I should know -- he was my father.
The other thing that bugs me is the use of "Juice" to read the backs of cards by throwing your eyes out of focus. Even if there were such a thing, why would "The Dean" (Dad Stevens) resort to such a simplistic method when he was supposed to be the best card mechanic who ever lived?
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