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_DUPLICATE_Rounders 1998

4.2 out of 5 stars (57) IMDb 7.4/10

Mike McDermott has to give up gambling when he loses all his money to Teddy KGB. But when his friend Worm is realised from jail, he has only a short amount of time to repay a debt of £15,000 to Teddy, and Mike has to decide whether to help his friend and risk his degree and love life.

Starring:
Matt Damon, Gretchen Mol
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director John Dahl
Starring Matt Damon, Gretchen Mol
Supporting actors John Malkovich, Paul Cicero, Ray Iannicelli, John Turturro, Merwin Goldsmith, Sonny Zito, Josh Mostel, Mal Z. Lawrence, Lenny Clarke, Peter Yoshida, Jay Boryea, Lenny Venito, Martin Landau, Richard Mawe, Michael Lombard, Tom Aldredge, Beeson Carroll, E. Matthew Yavne
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
I have watched this movie several times in the last few years, and have been playing Texas Hold'em for a similar amount of time. When this special edition came out, I knew I had to check it out; and I was not disappointed, since besides the great movie, it includes a nice collection of extras.
Mike (Damon) is a grinder that plays poker as if it was a job. He has used his skills to pay his way through law school by gambling day after day without falling outside the boundaries of his method. But now something clicked and he is making a run for it. He goes to the underground club of Teddy KGB (Malkovich), a man highly connected with the Russian mob, carrying along all his savings and trading them for three stacks of high society ($30,000) to try to pave his way to Vegas.
It seems that the advice of a friend will save him from his fate when Joey Knish (Turturro) tries to dissuade him from going for it, but Mike disregards the advice and takes his chances. When Mike doesn't follow his cardinal rule (title of this review), Teddy KGB busts him for all his money. Now he is so disappointed that he decides to quit the game, takes up a job working Joey's truck and promises his girlfriend not to gamble anymore. When Worm (Norton) an old friend from school comes out of jail, Mike is tempted to go for it again. The fact that Worm is a cheat and owes money to influential people just complicates things.
This movie presents an interesting tour of the world of gambling, and if you are interested in poker you will certainly like it. You will also get the chance to see several pros in action, in a few scenes of the movie and in the extras.
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Format: DVD
I have just rewatched Rounders after a giving it a break of a few years. Having learned a bit about poker since my last viewing, I wanted to see if I could get any kind of different perspective on the film, which I had previously already enjoyed.

The film is most praise-worthy for daring to include so much technical detail from a specialist field, rather than glossing over it - see "Wind" for an example of how directors happily leave out fundamentals for the sake of entertainment.

It's also irresistible for combining such strong talents as Ed Norton, John Turturro & John Malkovich - three names that readily grab my attention.

Matt Damon is well cast but is wooden even by his standards. The scenes with his girlfriend are pretty poor. And - note to screenplay writer - would such a great strategist be so dumb with his girlfriend? (who, for the record, was far too uptight for ANY guy).

Turturro is pretty great, as usual, but unfortunately appears in a fairly unimportant role. I love the name Knish - it makes me think of the Fun Lovin' Criminals.

Norton's character is well played but lacks depth. A supporting storyline providing more insight into his behaviour or redeeming the audience emotionally in some way could have made this a great Norton role.

Malkovich is very entertaining - never more so than with his "stick it in you" line - but I have to reluctantly conclude that he has created a caricature rather than a character, and this has to be one of his worst performances. Unfortunately this is no superhero movie with crazy characters. "Een my clarb I splatch the farking powt wayne oi warnt". It was a nice try, but if any Russian actually spoke like that, there surely would have been more to the Cold War.
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Format: DVD
It's rare to see a movie on this subject let alone one with as much realism and a thoroughly convincing storyline. Damon and Norton both have great screen presence and manage to really get a grip on what it means to be a Rounder!
I've played professional poker now for 5 years and believe that this movie helped make Texas Hold-em Poker more popular.(Certainly in the UK!)
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By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film reveals the important aspects of being a great poker player. It has a simple plot which involves Matt Damon's character, 'Mike McDermott', narrating throughout. There are constant references to World Class poker players such as Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson which enhance your understanding of the game.
If you have an interest in the poker, you'll love this film. After watching it, I started to play "Texas Hold'em" and I've never regretted it.
Rounders is one of those films that you can watch over again - I know I have.
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This film is legendary in poker circles, particularly noted for the part in which two characters are watching a re-run of the famous final table WSOP showdown between Chan and Seed. If you like poker this is a good film as there are lots of references to the game, a fair portion of which is paraphrased from Doyle Brunson's Super System book.

The storyline is original - a convict gets out of prison but runs up gambling debts in his friend's name. The friend then has to play a lot of poker against his girlfriend's wishes in order to pay off the debt collectors. I've watched some of the other poker films such as Push, but this certainly is a cut above them.
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