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Runner Runner (2013)

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When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Timberlake ... Richie Furst
Ben Affleck ... Ivan Block
Gemma Arterton ... Rebecca Shafran
Anthony Mackie ... Agent Shavers
Michael Esper ... Billy 'Pet' Petricoff
Oliver Cooper ... Andrew Cronin
Christian George ... Wilson
Yul Vazquez ... Delegate Herrera
John Heard ... Harry Furst
James Molina ... Esteban
Louis Lombardi ... Archie
Vincent Laresca ... Sergeant Barrancas
Bernie O. Ramos Robledo Bernie O. Ramos Robledo ... Handlebar Mustache
Sam Palladio ... Shecky
David Costabile ... Professor Horstein
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Storyline

Princeton grad student Richie, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Written by 20th Century Fox Distribution

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Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apuesta máxima See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,706,712, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$19,316,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,675,095
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Shorts Skyvan aircraft taking off near the end of the movie, is the same one that was used for the movie Welcome to the Jungle (2013), with tail number N106SW, and it was the property of MN Airlines until late 2014. See more »

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When Richie Furst, is playing online poker to make his tuition there are several shots showing that he is actually playing on a Play Money Table - meaning no real money is being wagered. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richie Furst: Everyone gambles. They may call it something else, like the stock market, or real estate. But make no mistake, if you're risking something, you're gambling. And if you're gambling, then I'm the guy you want to see.
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Featured in Projector: Runner Runner (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Borracho
Written by Juan Matias Zundel and Federico Edgar Lima Isasa
Performed by El Socio and Mati Zundel
Courtesy of Waxploitation Records / ZZK Records and Sony ATV Argentina
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Highly Entertaining Action Movie
19 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Princeton, the student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) is a former Wall Street broker that lost everything in the stock market crash a couple of years ago. Richie supports himself and pays the institution promoting online gambling in Princeton. When he is denounced by one student to Dean Alex Monroe (Bob Gunton), Richie receives an ultimatum and is forced to stop his activity. Further, he decides to bet all his savings to finance the rest of his graduation. However he loses all his money and discovers that he has been swindled by the powerful Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) that owns the site.

Richie travels to a gambling convention in Costa Rica expecting to meet Ivan, and he meets his lover and employee Rebecca Shafran (Gemma Arterton) that gives an invitation to him for the party. Richie meets Ivan that refunds him and invites Richie to work for him. Richie is seduced by the offer and moves to Costa Rica expecting to become rich. But soon Richie is pressed down by the unethical FBI Agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) that wants to catch Ivan but has no jurisdiction in the corrupt country. Soon Richie finds the truth about the disloyal Ivan and he has to find a way out to escape from Ivan and Shavers using his intelligence and money.

"Runner Runner" is an underrated and highly entertaining action movie with a good mouse and cat story with twists and betrayals. Fortunately I did not pay attention to the bad reviews in IMDb and we saw "Runner Runner" yesterday in a group of three. Everybody enjoyed this film that is not a masterpiece but a good entertainment even for a Saturday night. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Aposta Máxima" ("Maximum Bet")


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