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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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Joe Carnahan

Writer:

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

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The hit goes down January 26. 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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UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ases calientes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (flashbacks)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Joseph Ruskin. He died on December 28, 2013, at the age of eighty-nine. See more »

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Darwin lifts his left hand to open Jack Dupree's eyes, in the next shot his right hand is holding the eyes open. 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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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Feelin' So Good
(Steve Lang)
Performed by Steve Lang
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Records
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Not bad
2 July 2007 | by Mattias PeterssonSee all my reviews

The movies that are always the most difficult to review are the ones that are not bad, but that still has something missing to them. "Smokin' Aces" is definitely like that. While it's not a bad movie, it's still far from as good as it could have been.

I think the movie started out pretty well. It's got an almost "Lock Stock"-like quality to it where it presents all the main characters in different sequences. After that you feel the stage is set and the guns loaded. Unfortunately then you get the first dip in pace, and the movie never really recovers. Sure, you get a few laughs and some pretty well-done action scenes. But the pace really never picks up and lives up to the promise of the beginnings.

It's difficult for me to put my finger on why i didn't really like this movie. Like i said before it's not bad and it was fairly entertaining. Perhaps my expectations were wrong? I expected something more fast-paced and hysterical, while this is a lot more sombre in pace. The good points are the actors, not that they're great but most of them are pretty good in their parts and many of them are quite funny. Also the action scenes are pretty well done. The negative parts is that i would have liked more action, a quicker pace and a lot less bewildering ending (without giving anything away).

I think most people who like action movies might like this one. It works pretty well, although there are quite a lot of things to improve. I give it a 6/10.


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