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Two for the Money (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Al Pacino , Matthew McConaughey , D.J. Caruso  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Jeremy Piven, Armand Assante
  • Directors: D.J. Caruso
  • Writers: Dan Gilroy
  • Producers: James G. Robinson, Jay Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with DJ Caruso and Dan Gilroy
  • The Making of Two for the Money
  • Insider Interview: The Real Brandon
  • Deleted Scenes (with Optional Commentaries)
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
  • Universal Trailers

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    Academy Award winner Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey star in this adrenaline-charged thriller about the sexy, high-stakes world of sports betting, where fortunes can be made and lost with a flip of a coin. When Brandon Lang (McConaughey) becomes the protege of sports gambling's power player, Walter Abrams (Pacino), he swiftly becomes the golden boy of the high-rolling world for consistently picking football winners. Now, with millions on the line, he finds himself in a deadly game of con-versus-con with his new mentor. Also starring Renee Russo and Jeremy Piven (TV's Entourage), Two For The Money sizzles with intense, non-stop thrills!

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars For the Actors January 18, 2006
    TWO FOR THE MONEY takes on the topic of Sports Gambling and makes a serious attempt to turn it into a movie. The story is apparently based on a true one (as per the opening screen statement) but it is from the pen of Dan Gilroy that the well-drawn characters are realized. DJ Caruso (Smallville, The Salton Sea, The Shield) knows his way around matters such as these and his pacing is fine, allowing for the isolated 'arias' in the film to work well. The problem, for this viewer, is the topic: how interesting can bilking chronic gamblers over football game wagers possibly be?

    The story is related by Brandon Long (Matthew McConaughey) who begins life as a sports hero and just at the moment when he is ready to break in to the Pro Football domain, he fractures his leg in a winning touchdown. Six years later, and still dreaming of making it as a player of football, finds him in the numbers game with a talent for picking winning teams and calling 900 numbers to urge gullible people t place bets according to his predictions. Enter Alter Abrams (Al Pacino), a recovering Gambler who is making it big in the sports gambling arena. He coerces Brandon to join him in New York, wines him, dines him with the aid of his smart and beautiful wife Toni (Rene Russo), and in no time Brandon Long takes on the persona of John Anthony and makes it big as a TV personality who successfully bilks willing gambling people out of their money. Long as Anthony takes on a life of his own and it is the conflagration between the creator Abrams and the protégé Anthony that fleshes out the film.

    Interesting to a point, the story loses steam in the last half and we soon lose interest in the outcome or the characters. And not that that is the fault of the actors!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars TWO FOR THE MONEY October 7, 2005
    By D. Elia
    The general premise, man gets sucked into the world of sports gambling and then tries to find a way out of it. Thats the whole story in a nutshell.

    Really, the story is nothing new. Actually quite formulatic. I can't really say that there is anything new. But the thing about this movie is the acting.

    The acting is great. Matthew M. is suprisingly very good. I don't think he is a bad actor, but I don't see him as a breakout actor for his acting abilities. He is quite good in this movie though as the arrogant sports-to-go-to man for gambling tips. Jeremy Piven, though in a small role, is very similar to his character on Entourage, but you know, he's great as that character as he is in this one. Al Pacino is always good. Acutally, he's great in this movie. The only problem is that his character is very conventional Pacino. Always yelling, yelling, yelling, getting mad, being scary. But, Pacino is good at that. Though Pacino is presenting nothing new here, he is very good at presenting nothing new. My favorite though is Rene Russo. She really suprised me with her performance. Her struggles to keep her husband (Pacino) in check and keeping (McC) out of the business is well covered by her acting abilities. Though all three previous actors are great, I think Russo steals the movie.

    The great thing about this movie was the ending. The resolution is very powerful and is very well done.

    3 Things why is movie isn't great:

    1. Its a tad recycled

    2. McC transition from loser to big man is kind of abrupt

    3. The movie seemed lengthy & should've had some cuts

    But yeah, movie is pretty. Don't have the heart to give it a three, but not quite a 4. 3 1/2 out of 5.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Two for the Spotlight May 21, 2006
    There is a plot to "Two For The Money". There is a moral, there are some subplots, and there are even other people on the screen besides our three leads. However all of these things are simply scenery, and Pacino and McConaughey are in an eating contest.

    McConaughey is a would-have-been football hero, zapped from his potential pro-ball career by a college-game injury. He instead winds up picking winners for gamblers via a 900 phone line in Vegas.

    His picks are so good, in fact, that he draws the attention of Pacino, in New York, who wants him to come work for him in Nwe York where he "sells" advice to big-money betters.

    If any of you are picking up on some strange similarities between this film and "The Devil's Advocate", poo-poo you. There's nothing strange about it at all, it's a formula that works. Pacino is one of the most charismatic actors ever. Watching him bewitch the innocent costar is the draw of these movies. It worked in "Advocate", it worked in "The Recruit" and it works here.

    The thing that doesn't work here is the fact that we see the pattern so early in the movie that the effect wears off too soon to keep the plot twists from being telegraphed two scenes ahead.

    Pacino hires McConaughey as a golden boy of football picks. We never really know why he's so good, at least not enough to understand why he starts losing. At first we're lead to think that it's because he's gotten too cocky about his talent, but when his character humbles himself to "get back to it", he still continues to lose. He wants to quit, Pacino won't let him.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 10 days ago by Ken Barry
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good movie.
    Published 1 month ago by james denissen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    What's not to like? Can't lose with semi psyhotic Pacino, eye candy McConaughey & Football.
    Published 1 month ago by Patricia A. Kirtley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
    Love this movie. How could I not with two gorgeous guys like these.
    Published 2 months ago by Sunny
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Price could be a little better for an older movie, but could not find this on Blu-Ray anywhere else, and it is a great movie for sports and gambling fans!
    Published 3 months ago by Vince Aimutis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Geat Movie
    This is a great movie to have. We had seen a Preview of this and needed to get it. You never see what is coming at the end. Enjoy
    Published 4 months ago by Renate K.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
    Great movie and great price. Glad to be able to watch it time and time again. It's just that good.
    Published 5 months ago by Connie Letchworth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Got Me Off
    I bought in. No doubt. Love Al, and McConaughey were great. But no where, no one does what Pacino's character did. Take him on and back him. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Richard Schulman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    Very good movie i just got into the sportsbetting world kinda shows you the ups and down of being in this game.
    Published 11 months ago by Nicholas Darnell Jordan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great is the word for Two for the Money
    This movie was very entertaining and with 2 good actors.And it hits home of what can happen in the real world
    It was action,and drama and on the edge of your seat and a... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Lucy
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