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Two for the Money (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Al Pacino , Matthew McConaughey , D.J. Caruso  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 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: 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Two for the Money (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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    13 of 13 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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    6 of 6 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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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Avoiding This Film Is A Safe Bet. March 7, 2006
    There's no easy way around it. "Two For The Money" is a bad movie. A very bad movie. It pains me to say this for the following reasons. I'm an avid, life long sports fan and a great admirer of both Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey's work.

    Alas, the film is a formula "hick in the big city" tale that revolves around the shark-like world of sports booking. McConaughey plays Brandon, a young studly former athlete who possesses a gift for making game picks on the 900 lines in Vegas. Pacino plays Walter, the chain smoking kingpin owner of a sports book advice line with an addictive personality. Walter catches wind of Brandon's abilities and woos him to New York to polish the diamond in the rough and make him his next golden boy. Sound interesting? It's not.

    Clearly poor dialogue shares the blame, but McConaughey delivers a disappointingly shallow, paper thin performance that offers nothing for the viewer to sink his teeth into. You get the obligatory hickory smoked drawl and charming grin, some bad hair, a few gratuitous shots of his pecs and not much else. Likewise, Pacino's role is overacted, stale, stock and downright cartoonish at times. (Think "The Devil's Advocate" or "Any Given Sunday".) Rene Russo is utterly forgettable as Pacino's concerned, salon owning wife.

    The film fails miserably at creating an interesting or believable depiction of its characters and the world in which they exist. Every aspect of the film has a contrived artificial feel. The few sports scenes that are in the film are almost comically unconvincing. But worst of all, the story never really seems to find its voice, leaving the viewer to wonder what the heck the movie is trying to say. By the end of the film the viewer answers his own question by saying "I really don't care."
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    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 3 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 5 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 5 months ago by Lucy
    1.0 out of 5 stars not good
    al pacino is not that good and it just bad action are the way around just not go at all
    Published 6 months ago by sean malaney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie !
    I was surprised by the mediocre reviews here: I thought the movie was great, a good movie made much better by its three incredibly talented co-stars. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Baxtermom
    4.0 out of 5 stars One film I didn't think much of first time around, but the second time...
    Interesting. I saw this movie a while back and for some reason I didn't like it. I think I was expecting something a good deal different. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Amazon user against Genocide
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    If your a fan of Al this is a great movie very motivational in a dark kind of way. Fun movie to watch!
    Published 10 months ago by Dylan
    3.0 out of 5 stars Sports but not much more
    I bought this because it was about sports. It is based on a true story and the interview with the real person is very interesting. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Oz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this movie
    Love Al Pacino and Matt M. They didn't disappoint me in this movie. Love these kind of movies. Holds my interest.
    Published 11 months ago by Carole F. Huber
    5.0 out of 5 stars Al Pacino fans
    A must, must watch for fans of Pacino & Mcconaghy..(misspelled that) he won't mind..a good drama with two talented actors!
    Published 13 months ago by Elsie Figuora
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