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Bookies (2003)

Nick Stahl , Lukas Haas , Mark Illsley  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nick Stahl, Lukas Haas, Johnny Galecki, Rachael Leigh Cook, David Proval
  • Directors: Mark Illsley
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002C9DHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Pick up the phone, take the bet, and rake in the cold, hard cash! Toby (Nick Stahl, In the Bedroom), Jude (Johnny Galecki, Vanilla Sky) and Casey (Lukas Haas, Long Time Dead) aremaking a fortune, and college history, with their new book making scheme. But this isn't a game for amateurs, and when the mob gets wind of it, they want their share. Now, these three college buddies are in over their heads just when things were getting interesting. An Official Selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Bookies co-stars Rachael Leigh Cook (Scorched) in this film where the stakes are high and the winner takes all.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bookies October 2, 2004
By Brian
I picked this up from a local video store merely because I couldnt find anything else that I havent seen thats out recently and I saw two or three other people grab it while I was in there. So, I decided to give it a try.

The movie does a good job of showing the highs and lows of sports gambling in some respects. However, it does not provide an accurate portayal of many aspects that it brings about.

First off, the REAL bookies that are in the mob are highly underskilled at what they do. If you have ever gotten heavy into sports gambling, on either side, you will notice that the one thing bookies have going for them is that they always know what every other bookie and better is doing. The bookies in the movie really has no idea what anyone else is doing, nor do they think things through.

Second, the drug issues that arise are very inaccurate. If you look at the amount of drugs that the one student does and then follow his sleep patterns, it just doesnt match up. You dont do that much, get the adrenaline rush he does, and then come back home and fall asleep right away.

Third, in the rigged game where the players are being paid off, they would never have covered the spread. In the movie, the one star player covers the spread by scoring all of the points himself, or giving it up to other players who were not involved. In real life, if you had $10,000 on the line, you would never have given the ball to anyone who would score. Money is too big of a deal in modern society to do so.

There are a lot of other little issues that you wont pick out the first time you see it most likely, but overall, the acting is fairly good to some extent and the splot is pretty well developed and teaches a good lesson.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly diverting October 22, 2004
By aurileo
"Bookies" is a pretty cool movie in a lot of ways. The subject matter - three college students decide to become bookies to take advantage of their classmates' sports-betting joneses - is intriguing, and even though I don't know much about sports betting, the plot seemed mostly plausible to me, with maybe a few details that stretched credulity a little. The involvement of the Mafia seemed really far-fetched to me though - it's obviously been put into the story to create suspense and a sense of danger, but the ultimate resolution of the bad situation that develops is handled by Mark Illsley, the director, in a surprisingly low-key way that seems very anticlimactic after everything leading up to it. Overall the direction is good though, with lots of imaginative camera work and fast editing - the best sequence rapidly cuts back and forth between two simultaneous story events: a high-intensity foosball game being played by Nick Stahl and Rachael Leigh Cook, and Johnny Galecki's revenge-motivated break-in to an off-campus apartment and his subsequent escape while being chased by the three occupants. The music score is great, weaving seamlessly in and out of songs and textures which notch up the jittery, increasingly-on-edge feel of the story. The dialogue, for the most part, ranges from serviceable to good. The performances are a mixed bag. Johnny Galecki is great - if you only know him as sweet, mopey "David" from "Roseanne", you may be surprised at his reckless, short-tempered, foul-mouthed, coke-snorting character here, but he pulls it off with great aplomb. Nick Stahl is fine as the ostensible lead, but a bit bland - and his voice-overs are deadly and would have been better left out - they're completely unnecessary, since they only tell us stuff that we're seeing anyway. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Flik! November 24, 2011
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This was a fun movie to watch. Galecki was great as the impulsive gambler/alcoholic constantly out for an adrenalin rush. Rachael Leigh Cook was just plain HOT!
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3.0 out of 5 stars $ June 10, 2014
By ellison
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About two guys who run a book at college. Then they get mixed up with the Mob. It doesn't go well. The basketball game where the one player is able to turn it around is interesting.
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