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Smokin' Aces (2006)

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When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Messner
... Donald Carruthers
... Primo Sparazza
... Serna
... Wayne Newton
... Buddy Israel
... Jack Dupree
... "Pistol" Pete Deeks
... Hollis Elmore
... Sir Ivy
... Beanie (as Christopher Holley)
... Stanley Locke
... Freeman Heller
... FBI Aid
... Top Coated Gunman
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Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When the word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, deadly vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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fbi | mafia | casino | mob hit | sniper | See All (125) »

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The Only Way To Even The Score... Is To Take Buddy Israel Out Of The Game See more »


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Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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26 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Ases calientes  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,023,862 (United Kingdom), 14 January 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,638,755, 28 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,662,731, 15 March 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,960,137, 1 April 2007
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2.35 : 1
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Rockne's Plumbing (Lazlo Soot's getaway van at the beginning of the film) is named after Joe Carnahan's son, Rockne. See more »

Goofs

When Deputy Director Locke is telling Messner and Carruthers about "Acosta", he says that the SAS picked him up in Northern Ireland. But when Carruthers remembers this when in the lift with Acosta, he remembers it specifically as being Belfast. See more »

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[first lines]
Donald Carruthers: You've got to be careful when doing your stakeouts. I did one for... I was on one for six months. I gained, like, 20, 25 pounds. You keep eating this crap...
Richard Messner: Well, that's not my problem, though. I don't gain weight. I tried.
Donald Carruthers: That's 'cause you're 12 years old.
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References Arrested Development: Marta Complex (2004) See more »

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I Love You
(Paul Butler, Michael Clevett, Aaron Fletcher, Timothy Parkin)
Performed by The Bees
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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Welcome to the magic show
23 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Smokin' Aces was most certainly a bit of a magic show within itself, in that while you watched the evident plot go one way, you didn't notice the actual plot until BAM! it came out of nowhere. It wasn't the most coherent of plots sometimes, but for the most part it all wraps up in the end.

As far as greatness goes, this won't be up there winning awards. Rather, it might be remembered fondly as "that cool movie I saw a while ago." Good drama, good action. Ryan Reynolds breaks out in a truly serious and compelling role.

Definitely a movie worth viewing.


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