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Two for the Money (2005)

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After suffering a career-ending knee injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Walter
... Brandon
... Toni
... Novian
... Jerry
... Alexandria
... Southie
... Reggie
... Milton
... Tammy
... Chuck
... Herbie (as Gerrard Plunkett)
... Amir
... Denny
Chrislyn Austin ... Julia
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Brandon Lang loves football: an injury keeps him from the pros, but his quarterback's anticipation makes him a brilliant predictor of games' outcomes. Needing money, he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to work for Walter Abrams advising gamblers. Walter has a doting wife, a young daughter, and a thriving business, but he has problems: a bum heart, a belief he's a master manipulator, and addictions barely kept in check. He remakes Brandon, and a father-son relationship grows. Then, things go awry. Walter may be running a con. The odds against Brandon mount. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How much will you risk?

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Drama | Sport | Thriller

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Rated R for pervasive language, a scene of sexuality and a violent act | See all certifications »

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7 October 2005 (USA)  »

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For the Money  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,703,240, 9 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,862,049, 13 November 2005
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One of the movie's producers, David Robinson (the son of the owner of the studio that made the movie), and his wife, Susan Ward, appear in non-speaking, uncredited cameos in the movie's opening scenes. See more »

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The sales pitches of the other handicappers are highly exaggerated. No client would stand for that type of aggressive persuasion. See more »

Quotes

Walter Abrams: [in Walter's office] This is dangerous territory we're getting into. You understand that. But I'm gonna bump you. ok? ten percent ok?Now talk to me about Monday night because everyone, and I mean everyone, is gonna double down after the hole you put 'em in.
Brandon Lang: Monday night's fine.
Walter Abrams: You bet your mother's house on it?
Brandon Lang: I don't bet, Walter.
Walter Abrams: If you did?
Brandon Lang: [avoiding the question] I like the pick, Walter.
Walter Abrams: On your mother's house or not?
Brandon Lang: [with his upper body hunched forward in his chair] With my mother in it.
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Written by Ean Mering and Jason Wade
Performed by Lifehouse
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Austin Movie Show review
12 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Matthew McConaughey is Brandon Lang, a former college football star who devastated his knee and was never able to play professionally. Six years later he's recording "sports predictions" for a 1-900 number in Las Vegas and living with his mom and younger brother, still dreaming of playing professional football one day. He never hears from the Cowboys, but he does get a call from Walter Abrams (the Godfather himself, Al Pacino), an entrepreneur who runs his own sports betting business, inviting him to move to New York and work for him.

Though Brandon Lang is the hero of the story, Walter Abrams is the beating heart of Two For The Money. He's a recovered gambling addict who runs his own empire of "sports betting advisers." No other film has ever explored the psyche of the gambling addict so precisely and intimately. Abrams describes what it feels like to win, but even more fascinatingly, he discusses the addict's subconscious desire to loose it all. Gambling addicts don't bury themselves in debt because they're sure they can win. They do it because they need to loose everything to feel alive.

Two For The Money is better than I expected. The characters are rich and complex and the story is never dull. Hell, this movie is worth seeing for the topless McConaughey shots alone.


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