Rounders [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 4669877
  • Release Date: 08/23/2011
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (46 out of 47)

Special Features


  • Set-Top Game - "Heads Up Texas Hold 'Em"
  • Behind-the-Scenes Special
  • Inside Professional Poker
  • Feature Commentary with Professional Poker Players
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Dahl, Screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman, and Actor Edward Norton
  • Champion Poker Tips (From Four Professionals)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Rounders
John Dahl directed this exploration of New York private clubs devoted to high-stakes poker, with first-person narration from the film's central figure, law student Mike McDermott (Matt Damon), who loses his entire savings to Russian club owner Teddy KGB (John Malkovich). Mike then turns away from cards, devoting his attentions to his law studies and his live-in girlfriend Jo (Gretchen Mol), who's concerned when Mike's former gambling buddy Worm (Edward Norton) is released from prison. She has good reason to worry, since it takes Worm only a matter of minutes to draw Mike back into poker action. When she learns Mike has returned to the poker clubs, she moves out, and Mike begins to lose interest in his studies. Worm has a pre-prison debt, and the threatening Grama (Michael Rispoli) wants the money. Mike not only indulges the irresponsible Worm, he gets involved in Worm's debts. When Grama demands $15,000 on a five-day deadline, the two buddies go into high gear with a non-stop, no-sleep gambling binge that spirals downward toward an ultimate confrontation with Teddy KGB. Darkened club interiors and New York nights are captured by the cinematography of Jean Yves Escoffier, who moved from French films (the 1991 Les Amants du Pont Neuf) to American movies with the reflective surfaces of Excess Baggage (1997) and the patina of pathos found in Harmony Korine's experimental Gummo (1997). Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival and the 1998 Montreal Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Mike McDermott
  • Edward Norton
    Edward Norton - Worm
  • John Turturro
    John Turturro - Joey Kinish
  • Gretchen Mol
    Gretchen Mol - Jo
  • Famke Janssen
    Famke Janssen - Petra



Customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent drama about poker.

    Posted
    varmintx
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    Poker has been used in a number of very good movies, but Rounders is probably the best of them. Matt Damon turns an excellent performance with Martin Landau and John Malkovich supplying strong supporting roles. But, it's Edward Norton that steals every scene he's in. It's hard to believe that he is so convincing as a scrawny hustler in this film the same year he was a terrifying, muscular skinhead in American History X. The blu-ray's picture quality is pretty good for a catalog release though it seems pretty obvious the contrast was boosted a little too much. Audio quality is front-heavy as you would expect from a mostly dialogue-driven film, but you never have any trouble understanding anyone including Malkovich through his thick Russian accent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Poker Film Ever Made

    Posted
    BusyTraveler
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    When I first saw this film I did not understand some of the Poker talk.....but STILL found the movie to be excellent. That is because it is so much more than a poker film.....as much as it all takes place in the poker world. Now I know poker and understand all the poker talk which is dead on. This is hands down the single best poker film ever made....walk into any casino in Vegas, sit at a poker table and start to quote a line from this movie and half the table will provide the reply or finish the line with you. Even if you don't know a thing about poker it is a great film for the characters, relationships and the story that is told on the human nature level. Simply a great film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Poker Lovers Movie

    Posted
    afranklin55
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    This movie is one of my all time favorites. I've see it countless times and it's always great to watch as a pick me up type movie or rainy day movie. the only complaint I have is that there is rumored to be an extended cut of this film but it's not on the special features. the special features are pretty weak to begin with. I would love to see how the director intended for the movie to be played in theaters...also, there are no deleted scenes! Special features for this film are just plain weak.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic movie, even for non-poker players

    Posted
    areal
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    Growing up playing poker with many poker player friends, I've loved this movie for a long time. As a fan of both Matt Damon and Edward Norton, I've continued to love it. What's great about it is that whenever I watch this movie with friends who aren't familiar with any specifics or jargon of poker play, they still enjoy watching the movie. **Your mileage may vary with your company and their preferences.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Story

    Posted
    EHall1972
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    Matt Damon and Edward Norton at their best, in my opinion. Cast includes Gretchen Mol, Famke Jansen and Martin Landaugh. It's a great story about friendships and relationships. How we choose the wrong people in life to back and how by doing so it affects the right people we choose. It also is about finding one's true self.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Weak story-line, but great acting

    Posted
    electraglide1200
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    The great acting in this movie more than makes up for the lame plot. Matt Damon does a great job in just "being himself," while Edward Norton's portrayal made me dislike his character. And if you are a Famke Janssen fan, you've got to see her in all her beauty here. Lastly, you can't help but have your heart strings plucked by Martin Landau's depiction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Modern Classic, Especially if You Play Poker

    Posted
    themoviebuff
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    This film is among my modern favorites. This movie solidified Matt Damon as one of my favorite new actors when it came out. Edward Norton also puts in a strong performance as do the rest of the cast. John Malkovich is perfect as Teddy KGB. A very quotable film with lots of interesting characters, and especially interesting if you are a poker player.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Poker Movie

    Posted
    Moviefan13
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    One of the best poker movies of all time. John Malkovic puts in a great performance as a Russian mob boss. This movie defined poker for a new generation and lead to the ESPN poker craze - world series of poker. If you haven't seen this movie you need to get it now. If you have seen it, watch it again it's a classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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