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Academy Award(R) winner Matt Damon (GOOD WILL HUNTING, Best Original Screenplay, 1997; THE BOURNE SUPREMACY) and Edward Norton (THE ITALIAN JOB) star in this story of passion, risk, and the extreme price of friendship! After losing a high-stakes card game, Mike (Damon) gives up gambling for law school and a fresh start with his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol -- CRADLE WILL ROCK). But then his best buddy (Norton) gets out of prison and in over his head with a ruthless card shark (John Malkovich -- BEING JOHN MALKOVICH). From there, Mike's strong sense of loyalty - and the lure of the game - draw him back to the tables in a game he cannot afford to lose! Also starring John Turturro (O BROTHER, WHERE ARE THOU?) and Oscar(R) winner Martin Landau (ED WOOD, Best Supporting Actor, 1994).
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This was not a popular movie. Many people have never heard of it. But it should be a lot more popular than it is because it's fantastic. Its got an all star cast. (Matt Damon, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Ed Norton). It's well acted. It's an interesting story.
Matt Damon plays a kid who to be a card hustler. He turns his life around and is on the way to becoming a lawyer when he gets sucked back into the underworld of card sharking.
Matt Damon makes you like his character. Ed Norton makes you hate his. John Malkovich is....well he's John Malkovich. Plan on being creeped out by him. It's what he does.
It's just a fantastic movie. I saw this in the theater when it first came out and still remember leaving the theater impressed. I've watched it numerous times over the years and it holds up well over time. I still do not understand why this is a generally unknown movie.
NOW, to the point I made in my title. The image shown is not what I received but it's what I expected. Not a big deal, until you DO NOT get what other reviewers mentioned. Others have spoke about the bonus features, about those REAL card players which constitutes the background of how the actors were prepared to do what they do. NONE OF THIS accompanied my purchase. There is no disc menu, no bonus features and has package synopsis in both English & French. I can only assume the company who made this particular Blu-ray version were stationed in Canada. Again, this should not be an issue but it is since the back story to Rounders is not provided. Before you buy this movie, BE ABSOLUTELY sure you are getting your money's worth. Ebay offers the Blu-ray/DVD combo for less money, although it is not clear if the bonus features are available. This footage does exist, so be sure to ask the seller if their offering does indeed include this.
The interesting parts are the poker games as well. Now I'm young, not old enough to go to a casino, and yet two months, after researching poker, using many things that are shown in the movie, I probably spent a hundred, hundred ten on the books, and got back two three hundred dollars playing a bunch of kids for their lunch money. Like (Damon says) "The goal is to get one big pot every hour." Those small interesting lessons, work great for real play.
Poker's shown as it really is, not a game of chance as much as skill strategy, and a little luck. No more luck though then throwing the ball from the freethrow line after practicing for days on end.