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Rounders (1998)
Drama
USA / English
"You've got to play the hand you're dealt. "
A young man (Damon) is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.
Matt Damon Mike McDermott
Edward Norton Lester 'Worm' Murphy
Paul Cicero Russian Thug
John Turturro Joey Knish
Ray Iannicelli Kenny
Gretchen Mol Jo
Famke Janssen Petra
Merwin Goldsmith Sy
John Malkovich Teddy KGB
Martin Landau Abe Petrovsky
Sonny Zito Tony
Michael Rispoli Grama
Melina Kanakaredes Barbara
Mal Z. Lawrence Irving
Josh Mostel Zagosh
Director: John Dahl
Producer: Ted Demme,Joel Stillerman
Writer: David Levien,Brian Koppelman
excellent movie
I have no idea if this movie is at all realistic (certainly so many people inhabiting this strata of the poker world can be so good looking), but at least it has the ring of verisimilitude. Not only does it show us the workings of a somewhat exotic (to me, anyway) part of the world, but it manages to do this stylishly while treating us to an interesting character study and a clever plot.

The story is about a young "rounder" who is trying to go straight by going to law school (although our first glimpse of him shows him losing all his money in a high-stakes poker game with a Russian gangster). He quits gambling for a while until a old friend (played by Norton) returns to his life and lands him in deep trouble. What I especially like about the movie is that is starts off as if this plot line is the main subject, when in fact the movie is about this person learning important things about himself. And there is a lot of information about poker...

Damon is especially impressive among a uniformly good cast.

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Imdb rating: 7.2
Musician: Christopher Young
Running time: 121 min
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