• 1998
  • R
  • 121 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

Director: John Dahl

Writers: David Levien, Brian Koppelman

Stars: Matt Damon, Gretchen Mol, Edward Norton, John Turturro, John Malkovich

Richly atmospheric and colorful performances contributed to the movie's entertainment value.

Rotten Tomatoes
Rounders (1998) Rounders (1998) Rounders (1998) Rounders (1998) Edward Norton in Rounders (1998) Matt Damon in Rounders (1998)


  • John Dahl
    John Dahl
    John Dahl (born 1956) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for his work in the neo-noir genre.

Main Cast


  • Jonathan Rosenbaum (Chicago Reader)

    Gretchen Mol, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Martin Landau, and Famke Janssen costar; they're all pretty good, but not good enough to make this 1998 feature worth seeing.

  • Trevor Johnson (Time Out)

    The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.

  • Rita Kempley (Washington Post)

    The wholesome pup's poker face alone, however, hardly accounts for the film's failure to thrill. Damon's character doesn't really have that much stake in the story's outcome.


Tagline: Trust everyone... But always cut the cards.

Motion Picture Rating: R

Genres: crime, drama

Categories: poker, russian mafia, gambling, loan shark, law student, card playing, neo noir, gambling debts, poker player, release from prison, best friend, boyfriend girlfriend relationship


Producer: Ted Demme, Joel Stillerman

Editor: Scott Chestnut

Casting: Avy Kaufman

Director of photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier

Original music composer: Christopher Young

Costume design: Terry Dresbach

Executive producer: Bobby Cohen, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Kerry Orent

Associate producer: Tracy Falco, Christopher Goode

Production design: Robert Pearson

Sound: Mark Weingarten, Ben Wilkins

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 121 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Hebrew, Russian

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color

Also Known As

  • Il giocatore - Rounders (IT)
  • Les joueurs (FR)
  • Apuesta final (AR)
  • Siste spill (NO)
  • Cartas na Mesa (BR)
  • PĆ³kerarcok (HU)