Rounders (1998)

Rounders (1998)

A young poker pro takes his shot and lives with the consequences of failure.

RATING:

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NOTABLE STARS

Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Gretchen Mol, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen, John Turturro

PLOT

A young poker pro (Matt Damon) puts his entire bankroll on the line to take a shot at the high stakes and gets owned and busted by a Russian underground club owner (John Malkovich).  With his bankroll gone, he gives up poker and begins working odd jobs until his old poker buddy (Edward Norton) is released from prison and convinces him to get back into the game.

SKILLS

If you somehow havn’t seen ‘Rounders’ and are wondering if it’s as good as the hype, the answer is ‘yes’.  This is the gold standard for modern poker films with an authentic script, an excellent story and top notch acting performances from a legendary cast.   It’s one of the very few true classic poker movies and should be seen by every poker fan.  The poker action is authentic, gritty and a lot of fun.  I’ve seen it countless times and still enjoy it.

LEAKS

Nothing significant.

 

POKER AUTHENTICITY

As good as it gets.

Sure, if you look closely you can find a few minor flaws, but compared  to other poker movies, this one gets it perfect.

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