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Even Money (2006)

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Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carolyn
... Detective Brunner
Michael Eaves ... Announcer
... Clyde Snow
... Darius Jackson
... Godfrey Snow
... Coach Washington (as Charlie Robinson)
... Tom
... Nicole
... Augie
Grant Sullivan ... Murph
... Writer in Coffee Shop (as James Marsh)
... Jill
... Victor
Suzanne Covington ... Lady Winner
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Gambling: Carolyn, a novelist, is losing her family's savings at the slots; she's befriended by a close-up magician who dreams of making it big. A murdered bookie has the cops focused on Victor, who fronts for the mysterious, never-seen Ivan. Augie and Murph, two other bookies ply their partnership, which is endangered by an offer from Victor to Augie and by Murph's girlfriend's rejection of his violent vocation. A mechanic, in debt to his bookies, asks his basketball-playing brother to shave some points. A paraplegic cop sees all. Will anyone reach their dream? The odds are against it. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Fix. The Gamble. The Betrayal. The Threat. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Jump Shot  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,465, 20 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,911, 10 June 2007
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Nearly all the basketball scenes begin with a three or four note fanfare that seems intended to be jarring. These notes are actually the beginning of a fight song shared by both the University of California and UCLA. See more »

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Godfrey Snow is Clyde Snow's little brother but the DVD box synopsis calls Godfrey a nephew to Clyde. See more »

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Detective Brunner: Like I said we're all chasin somethin. More money. More love. What we're really looking for is more life. But sometimes you go looking for more, and you wind up with less. It's a beautiful world. We ought to be satisfied. But the truth is... we all want more. Some take a chance for the rush of winning. Some for love. But you can't have your dream without laying something on the line. The key is not to risk what you can't afford to lose. You might think you're different. But someday... you're ...
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String Quartet in D Major, K.575 (2nd movement)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of Bob Yari Music
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Gambling, addiction and full frontal betrayal
20 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

The comparisons to "Babel" and "Fast Food Nation" are way off the mark. "Even Money" is a film noir with revenge at its center, in gambling win or lose there is a payday and in this movie all the debts are paid, and there is potential for two couples to emerge from their morass. This is a good film, directed by a pro, Mark Rydell, who has even has a cameo role in which some of the irony and mystery is explained.

This is a sleazy movie -- to paraphrase Michael Douglas in "Wall Street," sleaze is good, and tips its hat to Orson Welles in one of my favorite films, "Touch of Evil." Yes, it is about addiction and much of the extraordinary cast (Kim Basinger, Kelsey Grammar, Danny Devito, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotto and Tim Roth among them) play it carefully, straddling the line, without becoming camp or going over the top. High marks to the director for this.

If you like your cynicism straight and don't turn your head at a little cinematic violence this is a movie you will enjoy. Its well worth taking a flier on.


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