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When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play...and it's all or nothing.

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Simon West

Writers:

William Goldman (based on the novel "Heat" by), William Goldman (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Nick Wild
Michael Angarano ... Cyrus Kinnick
Dominik García-Lorido ... Holly
Hope Davis ... Cassandra
Milo Ventimiglia ... Danny DeMarco
Max Casella ... Osgood
Stanley Tucci ... Baby
Sofía Vergara ... DD
Jason Alexander ... Pinky
Anne Heche ... Roxy
Chris Browning ... Tiel
Matthew Willig ... Kinlaw
François Vincentelli François Vincentelli ... Benny
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Millicent (as Daviena McFadden)
Michael Papajohn ... Pit Boss
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Storyline

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. Written by Lionsgate

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Never bet against a man with a killer hand


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2015 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Heat See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nick drives a 1969 Ford Torino GT See more »

Goofs

When Nick starts playing, Roxy tells him that her shift is off in 10 minutes at midnight. New dealer comes in and Nick keeps on winning. When he goes back to bet all the winnings for the last time, Roxy is again dealing at the table. She should not be dealing as her shift was over. See more »

Quotes

Nick Wild: I've been knocked down, blown up, lied to, shit on, and shot at. So nothing surprises me much anymore, except the things that people do to each other. I'm a licensed pilot, took karate in Tokyo. I lectured on economics at Yale. I can memorize the front pages of The New York Times in five minutes, and repeat it back to you in five weeks. I was National Golden Gloves champion three years in a row. I'm fluent in four languages, and can wrestle with a menu in five more.
Cyrus Kinnick: Jesus!
Nick Wild: Don't interrupt me. ...
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Connections

References White Christmas (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Performed by Michael Angarano
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Sure, it's by the numbers, but, all in all, a great genre movie
1 February 2015 | by jvacheSee all my reviews

Great movie. Admittedly, I'm a big Jason Statham fan, since he's about the only action star worth watching anymore, but what makes this work is the director doesn't ask too much of him. No big demands on his acting, just let him be himself and show off his martial arts skills -- which, after all, is what we watch him for.

Statham plays a compulsive gambler who earns his living in Las Vegas by providing his unique services to people who need help. When a prostitute gets beat up by a "made" man, he sets out to act as a go-between in order to seek compensation. Complications ensue and he has to fight his way out of trouble.

You might complain that the action doesn't really rev up until the last thirty minutes or so and the ending is kind of a cop out, but what does it matter? It's great to see Statham doing what he does best. Jason, take some advice: you're not much of an actor. Accept it and stick to scripts like this that recognize your limitations and work around them.


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