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High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

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Overview

The true story of one of the most gifted card players in history provides the basis for this hard-hitting drama. Stu Unger (Michael Imperioli) was barely in his teens when he first discovered his talent for playing cards, especially poker and gin rummy. His father, a nightclub owner and small-time bookmaker connected with the mob, was impressed with his son's abilities but worried where Stu's reckless instincts towards gambling could take him. As it happens, Stu's father was right to worry; the boy managed to ...
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Overview

The true story of one of the most gifted card players in history provides the basis for this hard-hitting drama. Stu Unger (Michael Imperioli) was barely in his teens when he first discovered his talent for playing cards, especially poker and gin rummy. His father, a nightclub owner and small-time bookmaker connected with the mob, was impressed with his son's abilities but worried where Stu's reckless instincts towards gambling could take him. As it happens, Stu's father was right to worry; the boy managed to lose all his bar mitzvah money during an afternoon at the racetrack (for all his skills at the card table, Stu had no talent for picking the ponies), and by the time he was 20, Stu was deep in debt to mob loan sharks. Vincent (Michael Nouri), a mob boss who knew Stu's father, gives him a chance to pay off his debts by entering a gin rummy tournament in Las Vegas; Stu wins big and soon finds the Las Vegas lifestyle is to his liking. Stu becomes something of a celebrity when he wins the World Series of Poker tournament in 1980 and 1981, but his appetite for racetrack betting, drugs and prostitutes took its toll, and the great card shark hit bottom before returning from nowhere to win the WSOP a third time in 1996; however, Stu's comeback would turn out to be tragically short lived. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story also features appearances by Pat Morita, Renee Faia, Joe La Due, and Vincent Van Patten.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Michael Imperoli, director A.W. Vidmer and poker expert Vince Van Patten; Music video "Yesterdays" by Marc Eric
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • UPC: 794043785122
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,748

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Imperioli , Stu Ungar
Michael Nouri Vincent
Renee Faia Angela
Joe La Due DJ
Steven R. Schirripa Anthony
Todd Susman Max Ungar
Peggy Walton-Walker Flo Ungar
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Mr. Leo
Jonathan Press Young Stu
Michael Pasternak The Stranger
Vincent Van Patten Jimmy D.
Cynthia Brimhall Sondra
Ransom Gates Arnie
Technical Credits
A. W. Vidmer Director, Editor, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Shay Austin Production Designer
Thomas J. Blank Asst. Director
Lawrence Boothby Cinematographer
Marc Eric Songwriter
Jeff Eden Fair Score Composer
Vince Garcia Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy M. Grinder Executive Producer
Terry Hillman Sound/Sound Designer
Caroline Melcor Costumes/Costume Designer
F. A. Miller Producer
Starr Parodi Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:09]
2. "Tell Me a Story" [2:48]
3. New York, 1966 [2:55]
4. "He's a Good Boy" [6:57]
5. "You're Talkin' Crazy, Pop" [5:02]
6. New York, 1973 [8:23]
7. Vincent and Gus [4:48]
8. Angela [7:44]
9. "We Gotta Win" [6:11]
10. Las Vegas, 1973 [6:50]
11. DJ and the Guys [6:55]
12. 1980 World Series of Poker [3:58]
13. Home Again [4:08]
14. "For Vegas, It Was a Normal Life" [6:26]
15. Married With Child [6:14]
16. Lad Vegas, 1980 [3:36]
17. "No Booze, No Coke, Nothin'" [4:16]
18. A New Start [4:43]
19. "You're My Go-To Man" [2:46]
20. "You Can't Lose" [4:07]
21. "You Did Good Anyway" [3:49]
22. Epilogue/End Credits [4:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Special Features
      Feature Commentary by Director A.W. Vidmer, Actors Michael Imperioli and Renee Faia, and Poker Expert, Vince Van Patten
      Music Video "Yesterdays" by Marc Eric
      More From New Line
   Set Up Options
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
      DTS Surround Sound
      Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   DVD-ROM Online Features
   New Line Logo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    For Texas Hold'em Poker Fans

    Michael Imperioli before the Sopranos portrays Stu Unger one of the most successful Hold'em poker players. A rags to riches sad story. Michael does a great job in this dark drama bio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie for any Poker Player

    One Saturday I turn on my TV to find out that a movie with Michael Imperioli (Sopranos) is playing on Starz Cinema. - So I decide to tune in. Shortly I find out the movie is about Stu Unger the only person to ever win the WSOP Main Event 3 times. Once I finished watching it my first reaction was to go buy the DVD. Unfortunately the DVD was on preorder and not released until the next month. But now this is definitely on the top of my DVD-to-get list. The movie is cinematic actualization of Stu Unger¿s Life. It portrays his strengths and weaknesses starting from early childhood until death. Overall this is a great movie to watch and portray on your own qualities and choices in life. I hope you enjoy it. -Vlad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    High Roller-The Stu Unger Story -'A Royal Flush'

    Well done dark narrative about the rise and fall of a card genius.Michael Imperioli is impressive in the title role with ample help from an excellent cast of pros. Michael Nouri, Renee Faia, Pat Morita,et al. There was an interesting scene when Imperioli and Nouri meet with an aged Maffioso to get money for a gin tournament that Stu must win or else the story would be much shorter. What a performance by that old rascal!I recommend this moving story to anyone who enjoys the bittersweet turn of a card.

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