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Uncut Gems (2019)

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A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mesfin Lamengo Mesfin Lamengo ... Wounded Miner
Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton ... Mine Foreman
Liang Wei-Hei Duncan Liang Wei-Hei Duncan ... Mine Management #1
Sunny Wu Jin Zahoo Sunny Wu Jin Zahoo ... Mine Management #2
Deneke Muhugeta Deneke Muhugeta ... Lead Miner #1
Habtunu Africho Habtunu Africho ... Lead Miner #2
Warren Finkelstein Warren Finkelstein ... Dr. Blauman
Adam Sandler ... Howard Ratner
Keith Williams Richards ... Phil
Tommy Kominik ... Nico
LaKeith Stanfield ... Demany
Maksud Agadjani Maksud Agadjani ... Yussi
Ca$h Out Ca$h Out ... Ca$h Out
Andrea Linsky Andrea Linsky ... Joani
Roman Persits Roman Persits ... Roman
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Storyline

Howie Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a once successful New York gems dealer whose gambling addiction has left his family and career in shambles, and him hundreds of thousands in debt. Always looking for the next big bet, Howie thinks he finally hit it big when he discovers a rare uncut rock of Ethiopian gems, with a very interested high-profile buyer. But the closer Howie gets to finally winning big, the more he is forced to realize he can't keep running from the consequences of his actions.

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(Rated R for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use) | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncut Gems See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$537,242, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$44,607,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,607,637
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The house used for the exterior of Howard Ratner's home is the same house used as Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek)'s home in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). See more »

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Howard asks his wife to change the channel to ESPN so he can watch the game. When the game is shown, the station logo is for TNT. See more »

Quotes

Gooey: This is uh A - KG, unh?
Howard Ratner: Aw. Three for eleven? What the fuck?
Gooey: Yeah, he looks tortured.
Howard Ratner: That fuckin' guy tried to steal an opal from me.
Gooey: Your opal? Your opal came?
Howard Ratner: My opal came, yeah.
Gooey: Yeah?
Howard Ratner: Yeah, and stupidly I lend it to this motherfucker.
Noah: No!
Gooey: Whaddya mean? He took it, he stole it?
[...]
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Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.70 (2019) See more »

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Rain
Written by Shep Pettibone and Madonna
Performed by Madonna
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By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Seen at TIFF 2019
10 September 2019 | by BenHarley1138See all my reviews

Ever since watching the Safdie brother's previous feature, Good Time, I was eagerly awaiting their next feature. Good Time showed that they are masters of tension and momentum, with their impressive culmination of unique characters, editing, dialogue and of course musical scores, and Uncut Gems further cements that they are not only masters of tension, but they are truly two of the most exciting rising filmmakers right now.

I usually know how to structure a review, but Uncut Gems is so unconventional in nearly every regard, and frankly I'm not quite sure where to start. It doesn't let up, ever. Pretty much from the first minute to the end you are shot into a relentless world of chaos among various reoccurring characters, all gravitating around Adam Sandler's "Howie". That leads me to Adam Sandler's performance and character. I LOVED it. Oh boy, is he good. He's not only fantastic at delivering dialogue for extremely long and exhausting takes, but just seeing his characters psyche continuously digging himself deeper is electric.

I'll leave off with saying Uncut Gems is one of the most exhilarating and unique films that I've seen this year. Adam Sandler (and the entire cast) kill it, the musical score is loud and exciting, it looks beautiful, and it has an energy that I haven't seen in any other film this year.

I really can't wait to see what the Safdie's come up with next.


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