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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.

Director:

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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$61,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,731
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Trivia

For the film's climax, the World Poker Tour (2003) set was shipped to New Orleans for filming. See more »

Goofs

During the last hand of the WPT Championship sequence, Tommy looks down to find Jacks, then checks. This play is impossible. Since play is heads-up, Tommy, if he is acting first, is the small blind. Therefore, he would have to have at least called Alex's big blind. Checking would not have been an option for Tommy, based on his position. See more »


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Fool Me Again
Written by Jesse Davey Wanbdi & Mato Nanji
Performed by Indigenous
Courtesy of Vanguard Records
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Quite nice
31 January 2008 | by steelydenSee all my reviews

I saw this film last night and I liked it. Burt Reynolds was the right choice for the part and Bret Harrison was convincing. In spite of a basic storyline they took the poker-concept serious. Shannon Elizabeth's part is what surprised me the most, I will not spoil it for anyone, it was just something else. It has been a while since her last film and I have to say she still has her man-enchanting skills.

So in a nutshell: A nice, OK movie with a sort of debuting Bret Harrison, a Burt Reynolds right in it's place and a comeback for Shannon Elizabeth which is definitely worth a watch, especially for pokerfans. I hope to see more of Bret and Shannon.


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