Two for the Money

Two for the Money

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Director: D.J. Caruso

Cast: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo

     
 

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D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed when he suffered a career-ending injury. Brandon turns out to have remarkable skill at picking winning football bets. Eventually, he comes to the attention of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), a very successful business tycoon who runs aSee more details below

Overview

D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed when he suffered a career-ending injury. Brandon turns out to have remarkable skill at picking winning football bets. Eventually, he comes to the attention of Walter Abrams (Al Pacino), a very successful business tycoon who runs a giant gambling operation. Walter brings Brandon to New York and introduces him to a glitzy, fast-paced, money-drenched lifestyle that Brandon eagerly soaks up. When Brandon's magic touch begins to falter, Walter starts to turn on his protégé. Soon the two men are attempting to outwit each other, with Walter's wife (Rene Russo) caught in the middle.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Right at the outset, there's something vaguely familiar about Two for the Money. We meet a charismatic, hard-charging professional (Al Pacino), who persuades a much younger, ambitious, and talented man (Matthew McConaughey) to work for him. Seduced by power and money, the once-idealistic small-town boy gradually loses his moral bearings and faces a crisis of conscience. Oh, yeah, now we remember: 1997's The Devil's Advocate, which featured Pacino as the an über-laywer who recruits young hotshot Keanu Reeves into the service of...Satan! But there's nothing occult or supernatural about Money, unless you count the preternatural ability of McConaughey's character to pick the winners in any given sporting event. This peculiar, instinctual talent makes him a hot commodity as a handicapper for Pacino's sports-betting firm, a high-profile concern that has its own TV show and a client roster that includes billionaires and working stiffs alike. Both films share the same central dilemma but have markedly different outcomes. Director D. J. Caruso (Taking Lives) keeps the story on track with few detours, his primary challenge being to hold his frequently over-the-top star in check -- which he does quite well. Pacino brings his customary flamboyance to the role without engaging in too much scenery chewing. Rene Russo portrays his loyal and intelligent wife with considerable panache, making the best of an underwritten part. It's not terribly difficult, given the setup, to figure out where Money will go or how long it'll take to get there. But we're betting -- and giving odds -- that you'll enjoy the ride.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

In D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money, you can see Al Pacino doing something he's done a lot lately: Having a terrific time being an actor.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
UPC:
0025192849527
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
38,730

Special Features

Deleted scenes; The making of Two for the Money-Get behind the scenes and into the action of making this adrenaline-charged film, including a rare look at screen legend Al Pacino on the set!; Insider interview-Get a firsthand look into the high-stakes world of sports betting!; And much more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Walter Abraham
Matthew McConaughey Brandon Lang/John Anthony
Rene Russo Toni Abraham
Jeremy Piven Jerry
Armand Assante Novian
Jaime King Alexandria
Jarrod Bunch Football Player
Kevin Chapman Southie
Ralph Garman Reggie
Gedde Watanabe Milton
Carly Pope Tammy
Charles Carroll Chuck
Gerard Plunkett Herbie
Craig Veroni Amir
James N. Kirk Denny
Chrislyn Austin Julia
Denise Galik Brandon's Mom
Gary Hudson Brandon's Dad
Jeremy Guilbaut Mitch
Steve Makaj Coach
Stephen Dimopoulos Steve
Michael Rodgers Stu
William S. Taylor Leon
Veena Sood G. A. Hostess
Adrian Holmes G. A. Member 2
Trevor Roberts G. A. Member 3
Michael P. Northye G. A. Member 4
Brad Kelly Novian's Bodyguard
Jason Schombing Mercedes Dealer
Louis Mustillo Doorman
Luciana Carro Gail
Kendall Cross Make-Up Artist
David Lovgren TV Technician
Malcolm Scott Man in Window
J.B. McEown Teammate
Robin Mossley Waiter at Restaurant
Raimund Stamm Man at Restaurant
Jonathan Bruce Man at Restaurant
Barry LeBrock TV Announcer
Joel Myers TV Announcer
Ronald Pitts TV Announcer
Jim Rome Himself
Trevor Babers Football Player
Gene Bolton Football Player
John Clark Football Player
Dustin Dennard Football Player
Stefan Gamlin Football Player
Derek Graf Football Player
Cedric Jefferson Football Player
Mike Jones Football Player
Tyrone Jones Football Player
Horace Knight Football Player
Ty Law Football Player
Marques Massengale Football Player
O.J. McClintock Football Player
Dewayne Patmon Football Player
Kevin Reid Football Player
Justin Riemer Football Player
Christopher Robbins Football Player
Maxio Royster Football Player
Jeff Sanders Football Player
Brandon Tully Football Player
Zach Wilson Football Player
Allan Wilson Conductor

Technical Credits
D.J. Caruso Director
Stuart Aikins Casting
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Jay Cohen Producer
Sean Cossey Casting
David Crone Camera Operator
Emanuela Daus Makeup
Marie-Sylvie Deveau Costumes/Costume Designer
Pam Dixon Casting
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
Joel Echallier Makeup Special Effects
James M. Freitag Associate Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Dan Gilroy Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Conrad W. Hall Cinematographer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
David Husby Sound Mixer
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
John Maccarthy Asst. Director
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Guy McElwaine Executive Producer
Brian Miksis Sound Mixer
Jay Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Wayne Morris Co-producer,Executive Producer
Dino Parks Camera Operator
Brian Pearson Camera Operator
David C. Robinson Executive Producer
James G. Robinson Producer
Kyle C. Rudolph Camera Operator
Rene Russo Executive Producer
Sebastian Salm Sound Mixer
Glen Scantlebury Editor
Kaline Schounce Camera Operator
Bob Scott Camera Operator
SFX Studio Inc. Makeup Special Effects
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Score Composer
Tom Southwell Production Designer
Margaret Yaworski Makeup
Milena Zdravkovic Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Two for the Money
1. It Was About Purity [1:53]
2. Hot Shot Quarterback [2:07]
3. Biggest 900 Line in Vegas [4:09]
4. The Job Offer [2:06]
5. Billion Dollar Business [4:35]
6. Interview and a Manicure [2:22]
7. Becoming John Anthony [6:12]
8. Dinner Challenge [5:12]
9. Picking and Selling [3:36]
10. We're All Lemons [4:04]
11. Sell With Confidence [3:30]
12. Building an Empire [3:47]
13. Sports Advisors [3:47]
14. Like Having a Son [2:43]
15. Jealousy All Around [3:52]
16. That You Dad? [2:57]
17. No Such Thing As Too Far [4:24]
18. Take It Or Leave It [2:37]
19. Perfect Weekend [2:36]
20. Challenge Me [4:08]
21. A Ride With John Anthony [3:30]
22. Dangerous Territory [3:58]
23. Sorry Doesn't Cut It [:58]
24. You Have to Go [4:13]
25. The Brandon Thing [2:48]
26. Meaningless Touchdown [4:06]
27. Between You and Me [2:36]
28. Flip a Coin [6:29]
29. Super XXXX [7:24]
30. This Is the Game [2:36]
31. Bet on It [5:48]
32. End Credits [1:26]

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