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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Joe Carnahan

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Joe Carnahan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Richard Messner
Ray Liotta ... Donald Carruthers
Joseph Ruskin ... Primo Sparazza
Alex Rocco ... Serna
Wayne Newton ... Wayne Newton
Jeremy Piven ... Buddy Israel
Ben Affleck ... Jack Dupree
Peter Berg ... "Pistol" Pete Deeks
Martin Henderson ... Hollis Elmore
Common ... Sir Ivy
Christopher Michael Holley ... Beanie (as Christopher Holley)
Andy Garcia ... Stanley Locke
Mike Falkow ... Freeman Heller
Joe Drago ... FBI Aid
Jeff Habberstad ... Top Coated Gunman
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Storyline

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

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This was Joseph Ruskin's final film before his death on December 28, 2013 at the age of 89. See more »

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FBI agents wouldn't randomly open fire in the general direction of the 50 caliber gunfire due to risk of public safety; There would be no telling where their bullets would hit. Even if they knew where to shoot, which they didn't, at that range a Glock (or any handgun) is totally inaccurate, not to mention it probably wouldn't have enough stopping power left to do anything. See more »

Quotes

[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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Like Light To The Flies
(Cory Beaulieu, Matt K. Heafy (as Matthew K. Heafy), Jason Suecof)
Performed by Trivium
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records Inc.
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A lot better than what it's given credit for...
25 January 2007 | by IamtheRegalTreatmentSee all my reviews

I've read some of the reviews for this movie, and I can't agree with them. I completely disagree in that I thought this was a very entertaining movie. The concept was very well thought out but it wasn't perfect, obviously.

Basically, the movie was about several groups of assassins all gunning for the same man for the same price. The reason he is wanted dead is because of his snitching and deceitful ways. I'm not going to give anything away, but once you watch the movie you'll know there's a lot more behind that. Only thing you really need to do is pay as close attention as you can during the beginning, because it does get a little confusing. The story moves along pretty quickly, but you will get the gist of it.

Overall, I thought it was very well done. The plot was good, the characters were amazing (especially Ryan Reynolds), and there were some nice action parts. Even though it dragged on a little bit during the middle, it was necessary to develop plot details. 9 out of 10 stars from me; it was very entertaining and thought provoking. Last but not least, the white karate kid in the trailer was hilarious, "Why you eye-ballin' me son!?".


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Official Sites:

Universal [Spain]

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smokin' Aces See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,638,755, 28 January 2007

Gross USA:

$35,787,686

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,232,879
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2.35 : 1
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