Rounders (1998) Poster


Martin Landau: Abe Petrovsky



  • Mike McDermott : [sitting across from each other in a bar]  If you had it to do all over again, knowing what would happen, would you make the same choice?

    Professor Petrovsky : [Smiling]  what choice?

  • Professor Petrovsky : [to mike sitting across from him in a bar]  The last thing I took away from the Yeshiva was this: we cant run from who we are, our destiny chooses us.

  • Professor Petrovsky : [in his office]  You're in trouble?

    Mike McDermott : Yes sir, I am, not with the law, I owe

    Professor Petrovsky : Gambling debt?

    Mike McDermott : Yes, it's not mine, I vouched for the wrong guy, now it's on me

    Professor Petrovsky : I understand, what will it take to be free of this?

    Mike McDermott : I need fifteen thousand tonight

    Professor Petrovsky : you know I want to help you but I'm not a wealthy man

    Mike McDermott : I know, it kills me to ask you this, I don't have any other play, if you can help me at all...

    Professor Petrovsky : I hate to see you like this and I want to help you, if it must be tonight, ten is the best I can do

    Mike McDermott : Will you do that?

    Professor Petrovsky : when my mother let me leave the Yeshiva, it nearly broke her, but she knew the life I had to lead and to do that is another mitzvah and for that: I owe.

    Professor Petrovsky : [writes a check]  so you take this money and get yourself out of this trouble, you hear me?

    Mike McDermott : I promise I'll pay you back

    Mike McDermott : [nods]  I know, good luck

  • Mike McDermott : [In bar]  Mind if I sit?

    Professor Petrovsky : Please, have a seat

    Professor Petrovsky : That was a nifty trick the other night

    Mike McDermott : Thank you

    Professor Petrovsky : Marinacci and the DA were ready to cut cards for your services, of course it was altogether a different trick you pulled today, the disappearing act at your meeting.

    Mike McDermott : Yeah, I figured I owe you an explanation.

    Professor Petrovsky : No, not to me, I'm sure there was a good reason you left, you just have to work harder, prepare and smooth things out with the others, I'm sure there was a good reason why you left.

    Mike McDermott : [nods] 

  • Professor Petrovsky : [sitting across from each other in a bar]  I know a magician doesn't reveal his secrets

    Mike McDermott : I'm not a magician

    Professor Petrovsky : If it wasn't "magic", how did you know what everyone held?

    Mike McDermott : It's a combination of things: I was watching when the cards came out, that's just an old habit with me, it's like breathing

    Professor Petrovsky : Watch the cards?

    Mike McDermott : I watch the cards but I also watch the player react to the cards. That's how I knew the DA made his two pair and judge Kaplan missed the flush, I was watching their eyes when they checked their river cards, their faces tell you everything

    Professor Petrovsky : [Confused]  you watch the man? I never knew you had to calculate so much in cards

    Mike McDermott : here's some advice, just play premium hands, you only start with jacks or better if its good enough to call you've also got to be in there raising, tight but aggressive and I do mean aggressive, you've got to think of it as a war

    Professor Petrovsky : [Jokingly]  you're officially never invited to our game again

    Mike McDermott : I don't blame you, put a guy like me in that game, cards don't even matter I'll play it blind

  • Mike McDermott : [sitting across from each other in a bar]  You have a respectable profession

    Professor Petrovsky : Not to my family my parents were devastated, destroyed by my decision my father sent me away to New York to live with distant cousins I eventually found my place, my life's work

    Mike McDermott : What then?

    Professor Petrovsky : I amerced myself fully, I studied everything I could about the law I felt deeply inside that it was what I was born to do

    Mike McDermott : Did your parents get over it?

    Professor Petrovsky : No, I always hoped that I would find some way to change their mind, but they were inconsolable, my father never spoke to me again

  • Professor Petrovsky : [seeing Mike after he knocked on the door]  Oh, Michael. You got some things for me?

    Mike McDermott : [while carrying file folders]  Yes, I do.

    Professor Petrovsky : Put them on the desk, it's all right

    Judge Marinacci : Kid, is he paying you for this late night shift?

    Mike McDermott : Oh, well, knowledge is my reward, sir.

    Judge Marinacci : Let me tell you, it ain't worth it. Why don't you become a jockey, do something useful.

  • Professor Petrovsky : [to his coleagues during the judges game]  Michael is lead counsel in the Moot Court you're presiding over next week. Besides, he could use the background if he's gonna clerk for one of you fellas this summer, right?

  • Professor Petrovsky : [during Moot Court]  Mr. McDermott, perhaps we can begin now.

    Mike McDermott : I'm so sorry I'm late

    Judge Marinacci : Come to order in the matter of Slater v. New York State Higher Education Services.The facts have been stipulated, the briefs have been read. Lead counsel for plaintiff, Mr. McDermott, please proceed with oral arguments now. If that is convenient for you

    Mike McDermott : [sensing the judges are irritated that he disrespected them by not arriving on time]  Yes, it is, and again, I'm sorry that I'm late. The case which controls the issue at bar would be Texas v. Johnson...

    Judge McKinnon : [interrupts him]  Texas v. Johnson?Mr. McDermott, that is a Supreme Court free speech case that has no bearing in the premises

    Judge Marinacci : Each group was apprised to ignore that aspect of this matter and focus instead on the idea of de facto segregation

    Mike McDermott : Right. Um, well...

    Kelly : [interrupts him by standing up to continue the oral arguments]  Mr. McDermott has been unreachable so I'll take over, if it pleases the court

    Judge Marinacci : Someone saying something "meaningful" would please us a great deal.

    Kelly : What we have here is a clear case of gerrymandering, impacting schoolchildren and schools in the district that was created solely to separate students by race. Although not dispositive, the student body is more than ninety percent white.

  • Professor Petrovsky : [sitting across from each other in a bar]  For generations, the men of my family have been rabbis in Israel before that in Europe, it was to be my calling. I was quite a prodigy. I was the "pride" of my Yeshiva. The elders said I had a forty year old understanding of the Midrash. By the time I was twelve by the time I was thirteen I knew I could never be a rabbi.

    Mike McDermott : Why not?

    Professor Petrovsky : Because for all I understood of the Talmud, I never saw God there.

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