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Even Money
     

Even Money

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Director: Mark Rydell

Cast: Kim Basinger, Nick Cannon, Danny DeVito

 
Forest Whitaker, Kim Basinger, Jay Mohr, Danny DeVito, Nick Cannon, and Carla Gugino star in director Mark Rydell's ensemble addiction drama detailing the manner in which gambling and drugs affect a variety of people's lives during the weeks leading up to a championship college basketball game. Carolyn (Basinger) is a struggling novelist whose addiction to the slots

Overview

Forest Whitaker, Kim Basinger, Jay Mohr, Danny DeVito, Nick Cannon, and Carla Gugino star in director Mark Rydell's ensemble addiction drama detailing the manner in which gambling and drugs affect a variety of people's lives during the weeks leading up to a championship college basketball game. Carolyn (Basinger) is a struggling novelist whose addiction to the slots drives her to deceive her husband Tom (Liotta). Though Carloyn claims to be working on her latest manuscript at a nearby coffee shop, the reality of her situation is decidedly more desperate. Meanwhile, local maintenance worker Clyde (Whitaker) stands at the sidelines of the basketball court cheering for his little brother Godfrey (Cannon) while keeping his lingering gambling debts a well-guarded secret. In another part of town, the ageing Detective Bruner (Kelsey Grammer) methodically trails malevolent bookie Victor (Tim Roth) as Victor's small-time counterpart Augie (Mohr) patiently waits for his ship to come in. As the big game draws near and casino magician Walter (DeVito) befriends gambling-addicted novelist Carolyn, all of these disparate characters slowly come together on a tragic collision course.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0024543460572
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Basinger Carolyn
Nick Cannon Godfrey Snow
Danny DeVito Walter
Kelsey Grammer Det. Brunner
Ray Liotta Tom
Jay Mohr Augie
Tim Roth Victor
Forest Whitaker Clyde Snow
Carla Gugino Veronica
Charlie Robinson Coach Washington
Grant Sullivan Actor
Larry Burnett Actor
Grant Kramer Actor
Mark Rydell Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director,Producer
Thomas Becker Executive Producer
Henry Boger Co-producer
Rita Branch Co-producer
Dennis Brown Executive Producer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Betsy Danbury Co-producer
Danny DeVito Producer
Richard Glasser Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Marina Grasic Executive Producer
David S. Greathouse Producer
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Jan Körbelin Executive Producer
Ben Nye Makeup
Rob Pearson Production Designer
Shari Rhodes Casting
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Johnny Sanchez Co-producer
James Sbardellati Asst. Director
Robert Tannen Screenwriter
Hughes Winborne Editor
Bob Yari Producer
Roger Zamudio Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Even Money
1. Main Titles / Setting the Stage [5:32]
2. Biggest Fan [5:25]
3. Distracted [3:58]
4. Phone Call [:21]
5. The Magician [5:00]
6. Reality Check [4:45]
7. Truth and Lies [4:47]
8. Playing Ball [:28]
9. A New Game [5:17]
10. Upping the Ante [3:21]
11. Paying the Price [5:03]
12. Well Played [1:13]
13. Informant [3:19]
14. Exposed [5:57]
15. Confrontation [2:29]
16. Double Crossed [1:54]
17. Rising Stakes [4:25]
18. Moving Forward [2:54]
19. Consequences [:34]
20. A Sure Thing? [4:57]
21. The Big Game [2:07]
22. Unexpected Outcome [1:07]
23. Fallout [4:54]
24. Wanting More / End Titles [4:28]

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Even Money 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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EVEN MONEY has somewhat the same manner of storytelling that made CRASH so impressive: many apparently disparate characters and stories, all related by the disease of gambling addiction, work in parallel time frames to a related conclusion. Director Mark Rydell (The Rose, On Golden Pond, Cinderella Liberty, The Reivers, The Fox, Intersections etc) has a firm hold on his material - a screenplay by newcomer Robert Tanner - and steers his large and very fine cast through a rapid sequence study of character types. For this viewer it works well. Carol Carver (Kim Basinger) is a blocked novelist married to Professor Tom (Ray Liotta) who happens to spend her hours away from home and her duties as a wife and mother to teenage daughter Nicole (Carson Brown) at the local casino, gambling away her family's savings on the slot machines. She meets a down and out magician Walter (Danny DeVito) who convinces her to join him in a resurrection of his life as a famous artist. Carol's gambling addiction fractures her life. At the same time plumber Clyde Snow (Forest Whitaker), who worships his younger brother Godfrey Snow (Nick Cannon) for his prowess as an emerging basketball hero, and to escape his dangerous debt from gambling talks his brother into 'fixing' games to help him win back his losses and pay the collectors. The third gambling addict is Augie (Jay Mohr) who with his companion Murph (Grant Sullivan) runs a betting numbers game, a profitable business until Murph's infatuation with his girlfriend Veronica (Carla Gugino) consumes his attention. The tie-in factors among these people are the man behind the collections, a smarmy Victor (Tim Roth) who emerges at all the wrong times to distort their lives and hopes as looks out for his boss Ivan (Mark Rydell), and a strange crippled detective Brunner (Kelsey Grammer), and the ending of the film is tied together in a series of twists that surprise everyone. Non-linear storytelling is not new, but in Rydell's handling of Tanner's script (and with a lot of help from some very fine actors!) it takes on a new dimension: the messages are not pretty but the souls and crushed dreams of the characters weld our attention. It is a film well worth watching. Grady Harp