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Poker (2010)

Four boys start neglecting school in order to meet in a hidden location and play poker. As time goes by, their poker games become more and more serious, while at the same time bring them ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergiu Nicolaescu

Writer:

Adrian Lustig (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vladimir Gaitan Vladimir Gaitan ... Horia
Horatiu Malaele Horatiu Malaele ... Titel
Valentin Teodosiu ... Claudiu
Ion Ritiu Ion Ritiu ... Marcel
Catalina Grama Catalina Grama ... Monica
Vasile Muraru Vasile Muraru ... The Priest
Mircea Diaconu ... Calabrezu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Alexa Stefan Alexa ... Passport Officer
George Alexandru George Alexandru ... Arcasa
Petrica Alexandru Petrica Alexandru ... Horia at 12 yo
Mihai Bendeac Mihai Bendeac ... Catalin
Alexandru Bindea Alexandru Bindea ... The negotiator
Grumazescu Cezar Grumazescu Cezar ... Reporter
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin
Nicu Constantinescu Nicu Constantinescu ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Four boys start neglecting school in order to meet in a hidden location and play poker. As time goes by, their poker games become more and more serious, while at the same time bring them closer as friends. Now that they are grown-ups, Claudiu, Titel, Horia and Marcel are known as the resourceful politician, the surgeon who knows people, the adventurous gangster and the millionaire architect. Behind their normal day-to-day activities, such as cocoa transactions or garden gnomes deals, the boys hide serious, money-making businesses. Their last "match" reveals that each of the four friends has a secret plan the others don't know about, and soon their traditional poker game turns into a ridiculous bluff. While Monica, the politician's mistress, watches their cat and mouse game with disguised indifference, the boys fail to realize that none of them has the ace up his sleeve... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

9 April 2010 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Покер See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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$118,330
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Plain awful
15 April 2010 | by nicolae-albuSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie yesterday with my wife a couple of our friends in a cinema in Bucharest and we all agreed this movie could easily be a candidate for the worst Romanian movie ever made. It was a huge disappointment, considering the director Sergiu Nicolaescu's previous cinematographic background, but again, he became famous for action and historical movies, not comedies… I guess he should have stayed with directing those… This movie is bad in so many ways that is hard for me to start criticizing it, but I believe the script is the main flaw and it should have never been turn into a movie in the first place. It is said to be a satirical comedy, a tragicomic view on post-communist Romania, portraying real Romanian typologies (the corrupt politician, the mob godfather, the "godlike" doctor, the "material girl") but the fact is that it fails to deliver, it is simply poorly made. It is a pity, because the actors are all significant for the Romanian show-biz and they struggle to make something out of those characters, but as an irony, their good acting only makes things worse. It was similar to casting Academy-Award winners in a Stanley and Oliver movie. My final advice to you is: Avoid this movie! It is a waste of precious time…


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