Matt Damon
Director: John Dahl Cast: Matt Damon
Matt Damon
, Edward Norton
Edward Norton
, John Turturro
John Turturro
John Dahl

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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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Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2021
UPC: 0191329202531
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 34,394

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Mike McDermott
Edward Norton Worm
John Turturro Joey Kinish
Gretchen Mol Jo
Famke Janssen Petra
John Malkovich Teddy KGB
Martin Landau Abe Petrovsky
Michael Rispoli Grama
Melina Kanakaredes Barbara
Josh Mostel Zagosh
Lenny Clarke Savino
Tom Aldredge Judge Marinacci
Chris Messina Actor

Technical Credits
John Dahl Director
Rick Butler Art Director
Scott Chestnut Editor
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Ted Demme Producer
Terry Dresbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Yves Escoffier Cinematographer
Tracy Falco Associate Producer
Christopher Goode Associate Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Brian Koppelman Screenwriter
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
David Levien Screenwriter
Kerry Orent Executive Producer
Rob Pearson Production Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Amanda Scheer-Demme Musical Direction/Supervision
Joel Stillerman Producer
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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