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Poker Run (2009)

Poker Run - Live to Ride, Ride to DIE! Robert and Allan are two upstanding lawyers, suburbanites, husbands caught in the grip of boring normalcy that sometimes plagues us all - the wife, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Thorne ... Ray
... Cheri Shaw
Bertie Higgins ... Robert Cohen
J.D. Rudometkin ... Allen Shaw
... Susan Cohen
Jay Wisell ... Billy 'Bones' Eady
Crystal LeBard ... Kaye
... Roy
... Kaye's Husband
... Amarillo Slim
... Dealership Manager
... Barmaid
Bill Henkel ... Drunk Biker (as 'Still' Bill Henkel)
... Motel Caretaker
Carlie Nettles ... Grace


Poker Run - Live to Ride, Ride to DIE! Robert and Allan are two upstanding lawyers, suburbanites, husbands caught in the grip of boring normalcy that sometimes plagues us all - the wife, the house, the cars, the debt. A quiet desperation that often finds its own unique outlet in the form of the motorcycle; an ultimate expression of freedom now consigned to weekend outings straddled by flocks of rich urban bikers living out Easy Rider fantasies. However Robert and Allan's biker fantasies soon come crashing headlong into the brutal realities of biker life when they find themselves in the hands of two psychopaths on wheels, Ray and Billy. In the middle of a Poker Run, a desert bike rally between Victorville and Vegas, Ray and Billy abduct Robert and Allan's wives and leave the two men with an ultimatum of death if they ever hope to see the women alive again. Now they must follow a bizarre set of clues that include several horrifying tasks that will leave the sweltering Mojave desert ... Written by Anonymous

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Live To Ride. Ride To Die.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal sadistic violence including a rape, some drug use, nudity, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Riders  »


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$600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Cheri Shaw: What do you want from me? Why don't you just fucking kill me already? What do you want?
Ray: Do you know what I really want?
[Long pause]
Ray: Pie. What kind of pie ya'll like?
[Long silence]
Ray: Me? I'm a cherry-pie-kinda-guy. I like something that's gotta little 'tang' to it.
[Long silence]
Ray: Well damn girls! Now you went and made me get hungry! I'll be back real soon. Ya'll don't go anywhere, alright?
Cheri Shaw: Please don't! Please don't leave us in here, please!
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Not Really Anything New, but Still Pretty Solid
12 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Caught a screening of this one at the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear in August '09, introduced by co-writer/co-producer/star Bertie Higgins. While it certainly wasn't the best film that I saw at the festival, it was still a gritty, gruesome and - at times - very tense little thriller.

The plot centers on two suburbanite wannabe bikers and their wives taking part in a "Poker Run" - a high stakes poker game taking place through numerous stops across the American south. But when the crew meets up with a dark, charismatic biker and his crusty partner, they stray from the beaten path and it before long everything goes straight to Hell. The women are kidnapped, and our heroes are forced into a brutal game of cat and mouse.

It's nothing that we haven't seen before...think Saw meets Last House on the Left by way of Easy Rider, essentially. Still, once the ball gets rolling there are some super intense scenes and plenty of the red stuff (if that's what you're into).

One of the films flaws lies in the cast. Certain cast members are pretty dull...our 2 protagonists especially. That said, Robert Thorne gives us an unpredictable, strangely magnetic villain and his partner (who's name escapes me entirely) is wonderfully insane and has moments of being creepy as hell.

My only other real gripe with the film was the pacing near the first. Things seemed to take forever to get started, but once things hit the fan it managed a pretty breakneck pace until the end. I'll go easy on this particular flaw though: in his introduction to the film, Higgins explained that we weren't quite watching the final cut.

Assuming they get the pacing issue sorted out, this one's a pretty tight and gritty thriller. Nothing earth shattering and it doesn't bring much new to the table, but if you're into this kind of flick you'll find a lot to like in Poker Run.

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