Howard 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, Howard 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 Howard gets to finally winning big, the more he is forced to realize he can't keep running from the consequences of his actions.
Viewers may have been confused by the sight of Chinese supervisors at the mine in Ethiopia, but this is actually very realistic. For years, the Chinese have invested in Africa, primarily mining. See more »
Garnett asks Ratner to tell him "mano a mano" what the opal cost. Mano a mano means hand-to-hand. He should have said "man-to-man". See more »
Written and Performed by Billy Joel
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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A FRANTIC MASTERPIECE
A frantic episode in the life of Howard Ratner that let us imagine that there is more. A descent made of excruciating screams and precious gems, of sketched smiles and nerves on the skin. A well directed film, better written and very well acted. Adam Sandler offers us one of his best performances of his career, making many, especially young people, think that this actor has a lot to offer in different contexts. His performance, with the excellent directing by the Safdie Bothers, merges in an unique and original vision of a common plot. Film that you watch in a whisper with the perception that hours that seem minutes and minutes that seem endless. A thriller-dramatic picture with a bit of comedy between the lines. Frantic and unique.
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