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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Chris Parnell
  • Directors: Zak Penn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay - ITN
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013ERFFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Alternate Endings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Wild Cards: Player Profiles
  • Audio Commentary
  • Selected Scene Commentaries with Actors

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Woody Harrelson stars as One-Eyed Jack Faro, a not-quite-fully-rehabbed gambler, party monster, and serial marry-er hoping to save his late grandfather's hotel-casino by winning $10 million cash at The Grand Championship Of Poker. But first he'll have to beat a Vegas field of geeks, gurus, online amateurs, greedy developers, ruthless housewives, old-school pros and more of the top players in the world for the largest prize in poker history. Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, Mike Epps, Judy Greer, Werner Herzog, Gabe Kaplan, Michael McKean, Phil Gordon and Doyle Brunson co-star in this no-limit comedy from director Zak Penn (Incident At Loch Ness).

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As a comedy, (which this movie purports to be), it would also be funny and enjoyable to watch.
Patricia
They do not make the movie any better, but it does let people know what the writers thought what else could work as the ending.
S. Der
There are too many characters and while the film has some funny moments many of them could have been eliminated.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
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When Zak Penn is not writing movies about the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America, he does some quirky little indie movies.

And the follow-up to "Incident at Loch Ness" is a far steadier animal -- a sort of mockumentary about a professional poker competition, and the wide range of weirdos connected to it. It starts off rather slowly, but Penn quickly hits his stride -- the resulting movie has all of Vegas' flashy glitz, and the quirk factor of a long-lost Christopher Guest mockumentary.

Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson) inherited the Lucky Rabbit's Foot casino from his grandfather, but the casino has fallen on hard times -- primarily because Jack is addicted to everything he can snort, inject or drink, and he's been married seventy-four times. As the movie opens, he's been living in rehab for two years straight.

Now a casino mogul (a gloriously cutthroat Michael McKean) is going to raze the Rabbit's Foot unless Jack can produce the money. His only hope is to win The Grand, a professional poker competition against some of the greatest poker players in the world -- including frustrated housewife, her obnoxious brother, a vitriol-tongued savant, a cutthroat veteran, a psychopathic German and a teacher from the Frostbite Amputation Capital of the World.

So despite sponsoring the Grand, Faro joins it. But to save the Rabbit's Foot, he's not only going to have to survive the first rounds -- he'll have to use luck and skill to deal with the most cutthroat and/or talented poker players in the world. Tensions rise as the players work towards the final round -- but who will win ten million dollars?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 12, 2008
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The secret behind any good poker player is ambition -- elevating the poor hand and turning it into a winner -- and THE GRAND, as a film, gives it a good shot. With plenty of recognizable faces (Woody Harrelson, Dennis Farina, Michael McKean just to name a few), the film plays out like a bad poker hand -- through a series of awkward bluffs -- and ends up coming off much better than luck or skill probably intended or deserved, especially for fans of any of these types of films. For harmless laughs, it's a safe bet. The grand problem with THE GRAND is that the narrative never quite figures out what it wants to be: a mockumentary, a reality-show spoof, or a traditional big screen comedy. The film boasts equal parts of each type of film, and, unfortunately, never mesh into a fully formed whole.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Johnson VINE VOICE on July 8, 2008
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This film had its moments of humor, but they were few and far between, and likely as not to be found in one of the deleted scenes or character profiles. In fact, some of the funniest bits are with the real-world poker stars who make cameo appearances in the film.

The story centers on a $10 million poker tournament called The Grand (hence the name of the movie). The film was made on location in the old section of Las Vegas, in and around the Golden Nugget. Woody Harrelson is the main character in the movie and the only one in the tournament who is trying to win for semi-altruistic reasons. A heavy drug and alcohol abuser, who has lived in a rehab center for several years, he wants to buy back the casino he inherited from his dead uncle and then lost through various combinations of substance abuse and stupid decisions.

Of all the main characters, Woody Harrelson is perhaps the most likable, with Dennis Farina taking a close second place. Richard Kind's character is funny at first, but he quickly gets annoying and you find yourself glad when he makes his exit. The rest of the crew is a combination of mean and/or pathetic in different amounts.

The film is somewhat educational in that, if you know nothing about poker, you'll learn a few terms and some of the techniques employed by professional players. It is also good in that it doesn't really glamorize gambling, as the players are generally pathetic losers, each with their own crippling idiosyncrasies and lack of social skills. Harrelson's substance abuse is likewise portrayed in a pathetic light - he only manages to pass out in his hotel room after his "bender".
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Schëar VINE VOICE on July 3, 2008
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It comes close to being a waste of resources. A lot of plastic was used unnecessarily to do this movie. Slow and boring are a bit understated but I know of no words that sound worse or more informative. The acting was stiff and almost unnatural. It is a shame that some folks are going to think that this is the way to play polka. Perhaps this is the way to dance the polka but certainly not the way to play it. This was a movie that you did not push the pause button. You simply went to the fridge to get your icecream and come back when you were ready but hoping that the movie would be over and low and behold - it was not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on September 21, 2012
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This is a fairly plot-less quirky movie about a poker tournament. The film gives you the background of a number of fictional players, and then you watch them play cards and interact. THE PLAYERS:

"One Eye" Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson)- Has spent his last 2 years in rehab. Has never met a girl he didn't marry or a drug he didn't like. Wants to save the casino he inherited.

Harold Melvin (Chris Parnell)- He is a math nerd who his heavily into "Dune". Lives at home with his mother (Estelle Harris)....by will alone.

Laine Schwartzman (Cheryl Hines)She is from Long Island and has always been her Dad's (Gabe Kaplain) favorite. She is married to Fred (Ray Romano ) who has been hit by lightning and is not all together, but is functional. He likes to make up handshakes and sayings.

Lanny Schwartzman- (David Cross) The nerdy brother of Laine. She always beat him at games as a child. Nobody beats her at Candyland...ask her kids.

Deuce Fairbanks (Dennis Farina)- Old time poker gambler.

The German (Werner Herzog)- He is also an old time gambler. He enjoys all kinds of gambling and killing small animals.

Andy Andrew (Richard Kind)- He is the new breed of Internet gambler, a math teacher from Wisconsin. His wife Sharon (Judy Greer ) owns the finest ribbon shop in Dour Wisconsin.

The movie is hit and miss. If you are into the characters, you will find a film worthy of a view. If not, you will be bored to tears. It is difficult to determine that before you watch it. I like Woody, so for me it was an easy choice.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, no real sex, magazine nudity...which didn't make sense, but then again I don't think it was supposed to make sense.
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