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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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... Walter
... Brandon
... Toni
... Novian
... Jerry
... Alexandria
... Southie
... Reggie
... Milton
... Tammy
... Chuck
... Herbie (as Gerrard Plunkett)
... Amir
... Denny
Chrislyn Austin ... Julia
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Storyline

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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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

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$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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Based on the true story of Brandon Lang. The real Lang is in a scene greeting Matthew McConaughey. See more »

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Super Bowl 40 is shown on screen as "Super Bowl XXXX" on several occasions. In Roman Numerals, 40 is denoted with an "XL" not "XXXX." However, the XL notation is actually a more modern convention. For example, CCCC has been used to denote 400, rather than CD, and many other examples exist. Both methods are correct. See more »

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Jerry: [Celebrating Brandon after he won one hundred percent for the games he predicted that weekend] Congratulations Brandon or should I say "John"? Either way it's amazing I'm very impressed, letting salesmen make your picks? That's balls.
Brandon Lang: You better collect some of the winnings right now because the way you're picking you're going to need some for a rainy day.
Jerry: Enjoy it while it lasts, gambling gods, fickle bunch their so easily offended.
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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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