RoundersDirector: John Dahl
John Dahl directed this exploration of New York private clubs devoted to high-stakes poker, with first-person narration from the film's central figure, law student Mike McDermott (Matt Damon), who loses his entire savings to Russian club owner Teddy KGB (John Malkovich). Mike then turns away from cards, devoting his attentions to his law studies and his live-in… See more details below
John Dahl directed this exploration of New York private clubs devoted to high-stakes poker, with first-person narration from the film's central figure, law student Mike McDermott (Matt Damon), who loses his entire savings to Russian club owner Teddy KGB (John Malkovich). Mike then turns away from cards, devoting his attentions to his law studies and his live-in girlfriend Jo (Gretchen Mol), who's concerned when Mike's former gambling buddy Worm (Edward Norton) is released from prison. She has good reason to worry, since it takes Worm only a matter of minutes to draw Mike back into poker action. When she learns Mike has returned to the poker clubs, she moves out, and Mike begins to lose interest in his studies. Worm has a pre-prison debt, and the threatening Grama (Michael Rispoli) wants the money. Mike not only indulges the irresponsible Worm, he gets involved in Worm's debts. When Grama demands $15,000 on a five-day deadline, the two buddies go into high gear with a non-stop, no-sleep gambling binge that spirals downward toward an ultimate confrontation with Teddy KGB. Darkened club interiors and New York nights are captured by the cinematography of Jean Yves Escoffier, who moved from French films (the 1991 Les Amants du Pont Neuf) to American movies with the reflective surfaces of Excess Baggage (1997) and the patina of pathos found in Harmony Korine's experimental Gummo (1997). Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival and the 1998 Montreal Film Festival.
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Cast & Crew
|Matt Damon||Mike McDermott|
|John Turturro||Joey Kinish|
|John Malkovich||Teddy KGB|
|Martin Landau||Abe Petrovsky|
|Tom Aldredge||Judge Marinacci|
|Rick Butler||Art Director|
|Bobby Cohen||Executive Producer|
|Terry Dresbach||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tracy Falco||Associate Producer|
|Christopher Goode||Associate Producer|
|Beth Kushnick||Set Decoration/Design|
|Kerry Orent||Executive Producer|
|Rob Pearson||Production Designer|
|Randall Poster||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Amanda Scheer-Demme||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Mark Weingarten||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Christopher Young||Score Composer|
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It is a fairly well known fact that Warren Buffet and Bill Gates both enjoy poker as a past time. Of all of the gambling games, poker tends to be a thinking man's game. Matt Damon and Edward Norton prove that in this film. The core of the plot, a man conflicted by what he should do versus what he wants to do, is clearly shown in this film. As always it takes a catalyst to drive you on the path you were meant to go. Brilliant film. Flashback sequences actually make sense in this film. I can only say that I am a fan of poker, by no means an expert, and this film got me really thinking about the motives of some of my opponents. If you read my profile you'll know that my background is in futures trading. So the skills I learn from poker easily transfer over to how calm and collected I am when I trade the markets.
Some classic quotes from the movie: ''All you do is Check. Check. Check.'' .... ''Pay that man his money he beat me fair and square''... ''I can go busting you up all night...'' ''Luck, why do some people call it luck...'' Damon & Norton give a ''genuine'' performance in this movie. It is classic Norton and classic Damon at their best. John Malcovich doesn't do so bad himself. A definite keeper DVD to have in your collection. Good Luck in Las Vegas or Atlantic City! - Chad Castorina
If you dont like poker, you will like this movie. If you do like poker, you will LOVE this movie. Everytime I see it, i want to go out and play a few hands. This film is a genuine great piece of art. You can watch it over and over and never get tired of it. One of the best movies i have ever seen and definately worth a buy. This is a must own movie!!!
I enjoy watching this movie time and time again. Just one thing: I feel the use of the word "Fuc-" has been overdone in this movie. If I could I'd bleep it out of my CD; however, I can't. Great Movie though for anyone who adores Poker (Poque)
A great watch for any movie lover, but a must have for any poker player. I don't know many poker players who don't consider this to be a favorite to them. John Malkovich is awesome as Teddy KGB!
Two compulsive gamblers raise the ante constantly for the big money or just the thrills. John Malkovich with Oreos, it works! A little drawn out at ending.
this movie was alright and not bad. love damon and norton who are one of my fave actors. this about a guy who gets back to gambling after the return of his buddy who has a debt to pay.
With acting marvels like Damon and Norton, the movie escalates and flows very well. The struggling gambler and his friend getting caught up in the drama is a wonderful way to push forth a story really about who you can rely on in the end.