The story of poker legend Stuey Ungar. A gambler by the age of 10, Ungar won millions playing card games.The story of poker legend Stuey Ungar. A gambler by the age of 10, Ungar won millions playing card games.The story of poker legend Stuey Ungar. A gambler by the age of 10, Ungar won millions playing card games.
Now about Stuey, Stu Ungar was and will always be an icon in the poker world. Everyone who doesn't gamble think that's what the gambling world is all about, making money then spending it on sex, drugs and rock'n roll. Well Stu was such a larger than life character. His brilliant mind needed more than just the thrills of playing cards to stay satisfied, he started taking cocaine NOT so he could be able to play longer sessions (players took metamfetamine for that) but to numb his brain after days of intense playing. The intensity that Stu Ungar had in everything he did or said, his table presence that was felt everywhere he sat was never brought to the screen.
If you make a movie about a poker icon you don't wanna try to make it for everyone to watch, cuz then it's turning out to be more of an educational video than something else. It should be for the fans and this wasn't!! The casting was terrible 2, Stu Ungar snorted away his nose after two decades of drug abuse and they cast Michael Imperioli to play him. Michael probably has the largest nose of any actor in the business!! Michael Jackson probably would have made a more convincing Ungar than this.
Conclusion: this movie is NOT for poker players but for people who never heard about Stu Ungar or Texas hold em. It isn't fast paced like Stu Ungar's life was and turned Stu into a dull, boring alter ego of himself, Stu wouldn't have liked it!
- Apr 11, 2012