Rounders

  • 15
  • John Dahl (1998)
  • US
  • 115 min
Rounders
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. When law student Mike is visited by his friend Worm - recently out of jail following a poker scam orchestrated by the pair - he is disappointed to hear that Worm intends to hit the tables once more, but is also unable to avoid his own compulsion.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
John Dahl

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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