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Deal (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 June 2008 (Germany)
As an ex-gambler teaches a hot-shot college kid some things about playing cards, he finds himself pulled into the world series of poker, where his protégé is his toughest competition.

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Gil Cates Jr.

Writers:

Gil Cates Jr. (screenplay), Marc Weinstock (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Tommy Vinson
Bret Harrison ... Alex Stillman
Shannon Elizabeth ... Michelle
Maria Mason Maria Mason ... Helen Vinson
Gary Grubbs ... Mr. Stillman
Caroline McKinley Caroline McKinley ... Mrs. Stillman
Charles Durning ... Charlie Adler
Brandon Ray Olive ... Ben Thomas (as Brandon Olive)
Jennifer Tilly ... Karen 'Razor' Jones
Jon Eyez Jon Eyez ... Mike 'Double Diamond' Jackson (as Jon 'JT' Eyes)
J.D. Evermore ... Tex Button
Mike Sexton ... Himself (as Michael Sexton)
Vincent Van Patten ... Himself
Phil Laak Phil Laak ... Himself
Antonio Esfandiari Antonio Esfandiari ... Himself
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Storyline

Law school graduate Alex Stillman isn't happy as junior clerk in his domineering father's firm but finds distraction as highly gifted Internet poker player. Legendary Tommy Vinson, who retired 20 years ago for his wife's sake, successfully offers to coach Alex for half of the fortunate he can learn to win in Las Vegas. The training, focusing on bluffing and dirty tricks, goes well until Alex feels abused by a girl hired by Vinson. They end up both entering the world tour grand final. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. The game is on! See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Negócios e Trapaças See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,281, 27 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,180, 4 May 2008
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Trivia

Jennifer Tilly is the only professional poker player in the film to play a character rather than appear as themselves. She is a world series of poker ladies champion who appears in the film with her boyfriend and fellow poker pro Phil Laak. See more »

Goofs

In the high stakes private game, Vinson, who everyone at the table knows is Alex's mentor, is standing directly behind the player against whom Alex is heads-up. From that position he could easily see the opponent's cards, and signal Alex as to what they were. This would never be tolerated. See more »

Connections

References Girls Gone Wild on Campus 2 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Fool Me Again
Written by Jesse Davey Wanbdi & Mato Nanji
Performed by Indigenous
Courtesy of Vanguard Records
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Burt Showing his age...
15 April 2008 | by stephengraleySee all my reviews

It would appear from the comments that this is the worst movie in history !!!!, well its not really. I am not going to say its award winning material because it is not. I watched the movie from start to finish and not once did i look at my watch thinking isn't it about time this finished.

Burt is looking old which is a shame as to me he will always be JJ from Cannonball Run with Capt Chaos (Dom DeLuise) for Company. Shannon Elizabeth is totally wasted, looked good though and why Jennifer Tilly was in this movie was beyond me.

the story was predictable with no great surprises. I could have written the finale 30 minutes into the film however it does keep you captivated. I felt you actually cared about the characters which is pretty unusual.

Watch it, enjoy it, forget about it would be my advice.


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