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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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D.J. Caruso

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Dan Gilroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Walter
Matthew McConaughey ... Brandon
Rene Russo ... Toni
Armand Assante ... Novian
Jeremy Piven ... Jerry
Jaime King ... Alexandria
Kevin Chapman ... Southie
Ralph Garman ... Reggie
Gedde Watanabe ... Milton
Carly Pope ... Tammy
Charles Carroll ... Chuck
Gerard Plunkett ... Herbie (as Gerrard Plunkett)
Craig Veroni ... Amir
James Kirk ... Denny
Chrislyn Austin 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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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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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Money See more »

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When they go to "Puerto Rico" to meet the multi millionaire gambler at his palatial digs it is in fact a waterfront home in West Vancouver, Canada as you can tell by the Coast Mountains and a BC Ferry going by in the background. See more »

Quotes

Walter Abrams: You know, the best part of the best drug in the world isn't the high. It's the moment just before you take it. The dice are dancing on the table. Between now and the time they stop, that's the greatest high in the world.
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Inspired by a true story See more »

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References Network (1976) See more »

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Itsy Bitsy Reggae Spider
Written and Arranged by Lionel Jean Baptiste
Performed by Lionel Jean Baptiste
featuring Kizzy Satchell
Courtesy of Ice Cream Songs
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His Best Pick Was With the Heart
23 November 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Vegas, after breaking the knee in a game, the former promising football player Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) has to work in a phone service foreseeing the results of the games due to the lack of professional options. After many successful predictions, he is invited by Walter Abrams (Al Pacino) to move to Manhattan and work with him in his gambling advising business. Brandon changes his name and personality, becomes famous advising clients and close to Walter's family, and a good friend of his wife, the owner of a hairdresser saloon Toni Morrow (Rene Russo). When the predictions of Brandon fail, he feels that it is time to return home.

"Two for the Money" is a good entertainment, mainly because it is based on a true story, inclusive in the DVD there is an interview of the screenplay writer with the real Brandon. The story partially discloses an illegal business that deals with billions of dollars, and keeps the interest until the end, without being exceptional or unforgettable. Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo make this film worth. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Tudo Por Dinheiro" ("All for Money")


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