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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.

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writer:

Robert Tannen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Carolyn
Kelsey Grammer ... Detective Brunner
Michael Eaves Michael Eaves ... Announcer
Forest Whitaker ... Clyde Snow
Texas Battle ... Darius Jackson
Nick Cannon ... Godfrey Snow
Charles Robinson ... Coach Washington (as Charlie Robinson)
Ray Liotta ... Tom
Carson Brown ... Nicole
Jay Mohr ... Augie
Grant Sullivan Grant Sullivan ... Murph
Jamie Marsh ... Writer in Coffee Shop (as James Marsh)
Shanelle Gray ... Jill (as Shanelle Workman)
Tim Roth ... Victor
Suzanne Covington Suzanne Covington ... Lady Winner
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2008 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Jump Shot See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,465, 20 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,911, 10 June 2007
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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In the basketball game at the beginning of the movie, both teams are wearing dark 'away' uniforms. In reality one team would be considered the home team and be wearing white or light colored uniforms. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Land of a Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner (ac Christopher Kenner)
Used by permission of EMI Longitude Music
© 1963 (Renewed) Fred Ahlert Music Corp. o/b/o Thursday Music Corp.
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"Crash" for the gambling set
12 March 2008 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Despite its decidedly un-ambitious nature, "Even Money" is a modern film noir melodrama with more story lines and characters than Robert Altman's "Nashville." Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Ray Liotta, Kelsey Grammar, Forest Whitaker, Grant Sullivan, Jay Mohr, and Carla Gugino all play individuals whose only real connection is that they are in some way or another touched by the evils of gambling.

Robert Tannen's overstuffed screenplay wanders all over the map, forcing the actors to spend most of their time just trying to keep up with all the narrative permutations. The most ludicrous subplot features DeVito as a washed-up magician who contemplates a professional comeback by teaming up with the best-selling author and compulsive gambler played by Basinger. Individually, any of the various plot strands might have made for an interesting movie, but taken together, they just keep getting in each others' way.

Veteran filmmaker Mark Rydell has not only helmed the piece but appears in a crucial cameo role late in the film. Sad to say, he doesn't make much of an impact in either capacity.


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