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Two for the Money (2005)

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After suffering a career-ending knee injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.

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D.J. Caruso

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Dan Gilroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Walter
Matthew McConaughey ... Brandon
Rene Russo ... Toni
Armand Assante ... Novian
Jeremy Piven ... Jerry
Jaime King ... Alexandria
Kevin Chapman ... Southie
Ralph Garman ... Reggie
Gedde Watanabe ... Milton
Carly Pope ... Tammy
Charles Carroll ... Chuck
Gerard Plunkett ... Herbie (as Gerrard Plunkett)
Craig Veroni ... Amir
James Kirk ... Denny
Chrislyn Austin Chrislyn Austin ... Julia
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Storyline

Brandon Lang loves football: an injury keeps him from the pros, but his quarterback's anticipation makes him a brilliant predictor of games' outcomes. Needing money, he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to work for Walter Abrams advising gamblers. Walter has a doting wife, a young daughter, and a thriving business, but he has problems: a bum heart, a belief he's a master manipulator, and addictions barely kept in check. He remakes Brandon, and a father-son relationship grows. Then, things go awry. Walter may be running a con. The odds against Brandon mount. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How much will you risk?

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Drama | Sport | Thriller

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Rated R for pervasive language, a scene of sexuality and a violent act | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Money See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,703,240, 9 October 2005

Gross USA:

$22,991,379

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,526,509
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Three members of the main cast (Marshall Efron, James Cranna, and Julie Payne) had small roles in another Lucasfilm production: THX 1138 (1971) See more »

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At the end of Atlanta versus New York game, the commentator says one of the players dives for the ankles of the player about to cross in the touchdown zone, however the commentator says he dives for the ankle before the player actually does it. See more »

Quotes

Brandon Lang: [in hid office, advising his brother over the phone on which teams to bet on] Denny boy I got something good for you this weekend: Green Bay versus Minnesota I want you to lay five hundred dollars on the cheese heads, let Stu in on that too, take care of mom and I'll talk to you soon
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References Network (1976) See more »

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I Play You Lose
Written by Dwayne "Tezz" Morgan & Brian Yaskulka
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Courtesy of The Outfit & 7th Level Productions
Under License from June Street Entertainment
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too long too much with the Pacino intensity
24 November 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Six years after a career-ending injury, former college football player Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey) is doing little more than a phone service for gamblers. After some amazing success, he is lured to NY to join Walter Abrams (Al Pacino) in his business of gambling predictions. It's a fast talking adrenaline junkie's business and Walter's wife Toni (Rene Russo) tries to keep ever present dangers in check.

The story isn't that exciting. The characters are questionable. The big takeaway is the acting. Matthew McConaughey is a master of this brash young guy. He works well with the master Al Pacino. Al has more intensity than the rest of the cast. And Rene Russo has that superior regal airs about her. The movie starts well, but it does slow down around the middle. It is just too long, and the second half gets quite tiresome. Maybe the Pacino intensity wore me out. At the end, I really didn't care about anybody in the movie.


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