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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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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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$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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Three members of the main cast (Marshall Efron, James Cranna, and Julie Payne) had small roles in another Lucasfilm production: THX 1138 (1971) See more »

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the film failed the mention the contact between Walter's firm and their client's bookies. if a client wins they could lie about the amount of money they won simply to pay a lesser percentage to Walter's firm. See more »

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Brandon Lang: [Over the phone in his office] Hello to you, how's your morning going?
Amir: [Over the phone in his dry cleaners shop] Yes hello.
Brandon Lang: Mine started pretty outstanding but not as outstanding as the weekend I'm planning, how much can you lay with your bookie? Twenty grand?
Amir: Are you crazy? No way, I was betting a thousand a game.
Brandon Lang: I got a game I'm calling my "lock of the decade "Texas versus OU, Texas receiving six points in this game their going to win by two touchdowns.
Amir: I like Oklahoma in that game.
Brandon Lang: You do?
Amir: I ...
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Save Me (Wake Up Call)
Written by Scott Russo, Linda Perry and Aimee Allen
Performed by Unwritten Law
Courtesy of Lava Records LLC
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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