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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.


Joe Carnahan


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


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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Plot Keywords:

fbi | mafia | casino | mob hit | sniper | See All (189) »


Nobody gets away clean. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Joe Carnahan said on the commentary, that the exposition scene between Andy Garcia and Ryan Reynolds worked well, due to Garcia and Reynolds having a "natural aggression. But not animosity." See more »


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 »


[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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Featured in HypaSpace: Episode #6.20 (2007) See more »


I Gotcha' Back
( RZA (as Robert Diggs), The GZA (as Gary Grice) )
Performed by The GZA (as GZA / Genius)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
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Way overdone
4 January 2010 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Smokin' Aces" is one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. What makes it even worse is that you see a lot of wasted potential. Deep down, I could see that the core - someone being pursued by multiple hit men - could have worked had it been executed clearer and simpler. As it is, it's way overdone - it's style over content. We have that ugly color scheme of all colors looking very dark, rapid editing, and a LOUD soundtrack.

The characters are also ALL repulsive - there's no one that you root for or give a darn about. The movie takes forever to get going as well. The second half of the movie is a bit more successful, because it has some intense action, but it's too little too late. Aside from that, the only thing I liked about the movie was the scene where they played a snatch of the score from "The Good The Bad And The Ugly."

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Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,638,755, 28 January 2007

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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