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Smokin' Aces (2006)

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When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

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Joe Carnahan

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Joe Carnahan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Richard Messner
Ray Liotta ... Donald Carruthers
Joseph Ruskin ... Primo Sparazza
Alex Rocco ... Serna
Wayne Newton ... Wayne Newton
Jeremy Piven ... Buddy Israel
Ben Affleck ... Jack Dupree
Peter Berg ... "Pistol" Pete Deeks
Martin Henderson ... Hollis Elmore
Common ... Sir Ivy
Christopher Michael Holley ... Beanie (as Christopher Holley)
Andy Garcia ... Stanley Locke
Mike Falkow ... Freeman Heller
Joe Drago ... FBI Aid
Jeff Habberstad ... Top Coated Gunman
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Storyline

Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When the word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, deadly vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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When you're worth $1 million dead, you don't have long to live. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [Spain]

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ases calientes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,638,755, 28 January 2007

Gross USA:

$35,662,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,960,137
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2.35 : 1
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The tattoo on Darwin Tremor's right forearm, is the first verse from "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler. See more »

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As Messner is holding Locke at gunpoint to have him explain why Sparazza was so important, Locke says "Put the gun away or engage the safety, please". Glocks do not have external safeties. See more »

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[first lines]
Donald Carruthers: You've got to be careful when doing your stakeouts. I did one for... I was on one for six months. I gained, like, 20, 25 pounds. You keep eating this crap...
Richard Messner: Well, that's not my problem, though. I don't gain weight. I tried.
Donald Carruthers: That's 'cause you're 12 years old.
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References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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Segura O Sambura
(Roberto Castiglioni, Raffaele Piccolo)
Performed by Nilton Castro
Courtesy of Crisler Music Srl
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An amateur mess
14 January 2008 | by ya_rubes21See all my reviews

I may have been one of the very few people who disliked writer/director Joe Carnahan's critically acclaimed 2002 thriller "NARC", but at least in that film I could appreciate the clarity of his artistic vision. "Smokin' Aces" on the other hand, his first big budget feature film, is a complete mess that just barely manages to entertain on the most basic level. The film has no idea what it is. There is a "plot", but essentially the film is series of freak-show sequences involving cartoon assassins and straight-faced law enforcement officers going at it with each other. Nothing works here; it's complicated and serious when it should be straight forward and light-hearted, it's dull when it should be pulsing with action, the plot twists and changes in tone are just plain weird, the intended humour isn't funny, and the whole thing is just so absurd that we really don't care. I also have to add that the dialogue spoken by the black characters doesn't sound authentic at all, it sounds like it was written by a white child with a brief exposure to black street culture. All in all, this is a complete waste of time.


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