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John Dahl (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In this entertaining drama, Matt Damon plays legal student-turned-poker player Mike McDermott, who keeps his cards - and his emotions - close to his chest. After losing his life savings, McDermott promises his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol) he'll give up the game, but the lure of the tables proves strong when a friend and fellow gambler (Edward Norton) comes out of jail with a pressing need to pay off a debt. Damon and Norton give accomplished performances, and they're well supported by a stellar cast that includes John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau. Director John Dahl established the vogue for "nouveau" film noir with his superb The Last Seduction, and he imbues this with a similar downbeat atmosphere that atones for the rather sketchily drawn characters and overfamiliar plot.


A gifted young poker player gives up gambling when he loses all his savings and turns his attention to studying the law. However, when an old friend is released from prison with substantial debts to worry about, he is persuaded to return to the world of high-stakes poker. Drama, starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturro and John Malkovich.

Cast & Crew

Mike McDermott Matt Damon
Worm Edward Norton
Joey Knish John Turturro
Jo Gretchen Mol
Petra Famke Janssen
Teddy KGB John Malkovich
Abe Petrovsky Martin Landau
Zagosh Josh Mostel
Barbara Melina Kanakaredes
Director John Dahl
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Guidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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