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
Richly atmospheric and colorful performances contributed to the movie's entertainment value.
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.
The end result is still short of a winning hand, since the screenplay is so utterly predictable.
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
Editor: Scott Chestnut
Casting: Avy Kaufman
Director of photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier
Original music composer: Christopher Young
Costume design: Terry Dresbach
Production design: Robert Pearson
Runtime: 121 min
Language: English, Hebrew, Russian
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1