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21 (2008)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 28 March 2008 (USA)
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"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

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Robert Luketic

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Peter Steinfeld (screenplay), Allan Loeb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Sturgess ... Ben
Kevin Spacey ... Micky Rosa
Kate Bosworth ... Jill
Aaron Yoo ... Choi
Liza Lapira ... Kianna
Jacob Pitts ... Fisher
Laurence Fishburne ... Cole Williams
Jack McGee ... Terry
Josh Gad ... Miles
Sam Golzari ... Cam
Helen Carey ... Ellen Campbell
Jack Gilpin ... Bob Phillips
Donna Lows Donna Lows ... Planet Hollywood Dealer
Butch Williams Butch Williams ... Planet Hollywood Dealer
Ben Campbell Ben Campbell ... Planet Hollywood Dealer Jeff (as Jeffrey Ma)
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Storyline

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed ... Written by matt-282

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Inspired by the true story of five students who changed the game forever. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

21 - The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,105,943, 30 March 2008

Gross USA:

$81,159,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,927,340
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main characters upon which the film 21 is based were Asian. Controversially, mostly Caucasian actors were cast. Jim Sturgess required a dialect coach to speak with an American accent. See more »

Goofs

All the cards in the casino scenes have rounded corners opposite the index numbers, identifying them as used cards that have since been removed from use on the casino floor and altered so they can never be sneaked back into play. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Campbell: [narrating] 'Winner, winner, chicken dinner.' Those words had been dancing around my head all night. I mean, it's Vegas lore, that phrase. Just ask any of the old-time pit bosses, they'll know. It was a Chinese dealer at Binion's who was first credited with the line. He would shout it every time he dealt blackjack. That was over 40 years ago, and the words still catch. 'Winner, winner, chicken dinner.' Yeah, try it. I had heard it at least 14 times that night. I couldn't lose. First...
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References I Am Legend (2007) See more »

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Giant
Written by David Sardy and Liela Moss
Produced by David Sardy (as D. Sardy)
Performed by David Sardy featuring Liela Moss
Liela Moss appears courtesy of YouAreHere and Shangri-la Recordings
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Kevin Spacey... shame on you for accepting such a role.
24 May 2008 | by khaledhakimSee all my reviews

Warning - may contain spoilers.

I will make this very brief.

Kevin Spacey... shame on you for accepting such a role.

The movie was below the passing line and I would not watch it again on my deathbed if it meant it would keep me alive.

What the screenwriters may have not kept in mind is that many of the viewers, those who would actually go and see the movie, may not have read the book or know of all the juicy details that have been left out of the movie. I had to figure out what the count of cards was on my own. It felt nice to have to use your brain a little to figure something out, but as I was reading other posts (comments) I learned that what I had figured out on my own was very primitive and much more elaboration would have made things clearer and given the movie a little more edge - although its pretty round edged to me.

Why would the MIT professor be so cruel and mean and cold, to the point that he had to call the casino security which results in the beating of one of his "brilliant" students who had made him tons of money.

How could that same professor so quickly be convinced in a scene of about 1 min and 45 seconds to go back to the table and play a "last round" with the same student he had screwed over and so openly called as a cunning genius... Did this professor lack intellect? This made no sense what so ever and was very unbelievable as something that a rational person would do.

One thing to admit, the final twists were unpredictable.. but by that point I had already developed my own mind about the movie... Big fat failure. I'm ashamed I wasted my time watching it. I thought it would be good... I guess the next time I see spacey in a movie, I wont be able to take the movie off the shelf without questions asked as I once did...


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