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Shade (2003)

R | | Crime, Thriller | 9 May 2004 (USA)
A group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster.

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Damian Nieman

Writer:

Damian Nieman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Nicolo ... Ritchie
Carl Mazzocone Sr. ... Older Wiseguy (as Carl M. Mazzocone Sr.)
George Tovar ... Paulie
Frank Medrano ... Sal
Jason Cerbone ... Young Stevens
Mark De Alessandro ... Hitman #1
Doc Duhame Doc Duhame ... Hitman #2
Shane T. Anderson Shane T. Anderson ... Hitman #3
Thandie Newton ... Tiffany
Glenn Plummer ... Attendant
Gabriel Byrne ... Miller
Mick Rossi ... Club Patron #1
Sean Stanek ... Club Patron #2
Holly Cat Holly Cat ... Girl in Hallway (as Holly Catarancuic)
Carl Mazzocone ... Doorman
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Storyline

Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting that results in their pursuit by a vengeful gangster. Written by <rdash@attcanada.ca>

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Taglines:

Getting played... it's all in the game See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy trükk See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,696, 11 April 2004

Gross USA:

$25,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$459,098
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The term "card mechanic" and "card magician" aren't necessarily interchangeable. Card magicians are those who perform for spectators, but card mechanics are those who can "fix" the outcome of a card game. Not all magicians are card mechanics and not all card mechanics are magicians. See more »

Goofs

The position of Miller's hand alternates between holding the drink and crossed over to his other arm while talking to Marlo. See more »

Quotes

Stevens: I was mucking cards since before you were born.
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Crazy Credits

"Special Thanks to: Tabitha Stevens & Tawny Roberts" These porn actresses have a short cameo as dancers in the club. See more »

Connections

References The Color of Money (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Sonata No.25 K.301, 2nd movement
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A shade better than expected.
5 January 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

As movies about card games and/or con artists go, "Shade" is no "House Of Games" or "Nine Queens", but it's better than you might expect for a film that was barely released theatrically. The first two twists caught me completely off-guard (the final twist though....I saw it coming a few seconds before it happened). The poker scenes are highly entertaining (where can I get one of those "juiced" decks?). There are many good performances (Townsend, Foxx, Byrne), and nice turns by veterans (Hal Holbrook, Bo Hopkins). The weak links are Stallone and Melanie Griffith, who look awful in this film. Stallone's performance isn't bad, but they could easily have replaced him with an actor more appropriate for this role; Griffith IS bad, and it's hard to know what she's even doing in the picture. An actor who stands out (in a good way) is Roger G. Smith as Marlo, the mob enforcer with the extremely calm voice. (**1/2)


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