With the exception of the character conversations away from the game, the entire final table scene was unscripted. Co-Writer and Director Zak Penn chose to play the entire final table for real, meaning that they did not know in advance which of the characters would win, and thus how the movie would end. Because of Ray Romano's shooting schedule, the scene between Lainie (Cheryl Hines) and Fred (Ray Romano) had to be filmed before the final table had been played. Two different scenes were shot to allow for Lainie to either win or lose. The alternative scene is included on the DVD. See more »
When the 6 players start the last round, they have 13.5 million dollars in total. Later on (during the 10-minute break) they have 13.49 million. and when only 2 players are remaining, back to 13.5 million. See more »
Yes, its silly, but so was Spinal Tap, which The Grand owes a debt to in many ways.
Gabe Kaplan is hilarious as the father of two poker pros and Dennis Farina has the old time Vegas hood down pat. Phil Gordon, the best live teacher in poker, has some great lines as the tournament commentator.
You will spot a friend or yourself in one or more of the players, and the cameos are fun, including Phil "the hillside strangler" Laak as he was introduced..
If you like poker and still have a funny bone, this is as good as it gets.
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