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Rounders [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Matt Damon , Edward Norton , John Dahl    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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A little drunk on its own arcane exotica as a gambling movie, Rounders is a film that takes us inside a world of high-stakes card players but falls short on such essentials as character development, relationships, that sort of thing. Still, it is a real curiosity, written by a couple of guys (David Levien and Brian Koppelman) who appear to know something about the dark underbelly of card hustling for fun and profit. Matt Damon stars as a reluctant law student who can't put aside his subterranean career of playing poker and blackjack for big money. After he loses his post-grad nest egg to a weird Russian kingpin (John Malkovich)--and also loses his disgusted girlfriend (Gretchen Mol) in the process--Damon's character turns to an unreliable old buddy (Edward Norton) for a dangerous game of sharking wherever there happens to be a game underway: frat boys, cops, bad dudes, you name it. Norton appears to be living out every young actor's fantasy of re-creating Robert De Niro's prototypical head case in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, and while his performance is burdened by obvious quotation marks, his estimable talent still shines through. Damon's charm and intelligence bring some oomph to the curiously flat proceedings, and while his hushed, soul-bearing scenes with Martin Landau (as a law professor who takes a shine to the kid) seem gratuitous, they're still nice to watch. Behind all this is director John Dahl (Red Rock West), who is not exactly at the top of his game here but who brings his distinctive toughness to the crime-noir tone. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent poker movie with great cast Feb. 24 2004
Format:DVD
Rounders is a very good movie that has a great cast throughout. Mike McDermott is a law student who pays his tuition by his winnings at the poker table. When a Russian kingpin cleans him out during a high stakes game, Mike decides to quit playing cards and focus on his studies to become a lawyer. Problems arise when his old friend, Les "Worm" Murphy, is released from jail and almost instantly gets him into trouble with a gambling debt. Seeing his friend in trouble, Mike comes out of his retirement to try and help him out. This is a very enjoyable movie that benefits from its great cast. What is best about this movie is how it plunges the viewer into the world of high stakes poker. The movie fully immerses you into this world as Mike narrates his story.
Matt Damon is excellent as Mike McDermott, the law student who must return to the game to get his friend out of trouble. His performance is very believable as he explains much of the logic behind the game. Edward Norton stars as "Worm" Murphy, Mike's slimy friend who continues to get him into trouble. John Malkovich is also great as Teddy KGB, the Russian kingpin who is also a great card player. The movie also stars Martin Landau in a very good role, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, and Michael Rispoli. The DVD offers theatrical trailers and the widescreen presentation of the movie. At times, Rounders reminded me of The Cincinnati Kid starring Steve McQueen with the young upstart taking on the established veteran. For a great movie that throws you into the world of high stakes poker, check out Rounders!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poker Revolution Feb. 24 2004
By Rick V
Format:DVD
I first saw Rounders when I had been playing Hold'Em for about 2 years and noticed a big change in the "drop ins" at the tables. (Drop In - A new player that isnt one of the regulars that usually play in a reoccuring game or location) People were throwing out quotes from Teddy KGB, the Russian character played by John Malkovich. I could tell the movie was creating an insurgance of new players to the game. Years later you can play Hold'Em at nearly any table in any casino and say something like 'weaddy ageasieev' and get at least a couple chuckles.
Matt Damon plays the main character, Mikey McDermott and Edward Norton his best friend Lester "Worm" Murphy who's freshly released from a prison term that Mikey might have also had to serve if Lester would have given him up. Feeling obligated for the sacrifice his friend made, Mikey trys everything he can to keep Worm out of trouble while attempting to hold together a failing relationship with his girlfriend while juggling law school. Mikey cant resist the draw of poker and ends up back in the frey of the Rounders again realizing that life is a grind without his true love of poker.
Damon portrays the main character brilliantly and Norton was so convincing that I actually felt angry at him for fouling everything all up. Malkovich invents his own odd version of the Russian accent while pulling off the role of Teddy that is completely unforgettable. There's also a great cameo by the 3 time World Series of Poker champion Jonny Chan.
Rounders portrays a professional gambler more realistically than I've ever seen it before. From hiding large amounts of cash all over the house to the dark smokey poker rooms hidden away in a basement to ring games at the casino.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for Movie Lovers Dec 20 2003
Format:DVD
Good movies take you into a story so deeply that you can smell the scenes. Rounders is a well-made film on many levels. You get into the gritty urban environment so far that you'll want to take a shower after the credits. The screenwriting, direction, editing and music are all worth noting. But the big payoff with this poker flick is the supporting cast. When you get actors the calibre of John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau to stop by for secondary roles, you've got a shot at greatness. This movie is very good because director John Dahl kept the lighting, the grime and the pace constant, allowing this cast to deliver some beautiful work. Malkovich's performance alone as the cookie-munching Russian cardroom owner is worth the price of admission. Cudos to Matt Damon for pulling off the lead amid all this greatness and doing a meticulous job with the narration. Edward Norton is so twitchy and perpetually strung-out looking in this film that it may permanently damage your bias toward the actor.
I've got my own top 25 films of all time and this is on the list. You do not need to be a poker geek to enjoy Rounders, just a fan of well-made films and a person who likes to see a large group of the very best professionals make the best of a good script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding look into the world of gambling Aug. 31 2003
Format:DVD
Mike McDermott ( Matt Damon ) is a talented professional poker player and a law student. Determined that he can double his life savings, he sets off to play against the owner of an underground card club - Teddy KGB ( John Malkovich). Unfortunately, he ends up losing it all. In order to keep his relationship going with his girlfriend Jo ( Gretchen Mol), he swears off cards from then on out, and concentrates on only becoming a lawyer. But when his lifelong best friend and card shark Worm ( Edward Norton) is released from prison, he is soon back at the tables...
"Rounders" blew me away because of the amazing insight into the world of poker and its players. One would think that a movie focusing on the game of poker would be boring. However, the film's director John Dahl, brilliantly works in a first person narrative from Matt Damon pointing out the intricate parts of the game. This causes the card games that are played in this film to be highly suspenseful. Brian Koppelman and David Leven provide the brilliant screenplay that accurately entails what gambling can do to your life, and the tough choices that one can be faced with. The relationship between Matt Damon and Gretchen Mol illustrates this beautifully because of all the lies, excuses, and false promises that are shown throughout the film. The rest of the cast is filled with amazing actors like Martin Landau, Edward Norton, John Tuturro, and John Malkovich.
" Rounders" offers a great look into the world of poker, a realistic look at gambling addiction, incredible actors, and a fast paced suspenseful story. The only part that suffers is the DVD, because of the lack of extras. I would have loved to have seen a behind the scenes look into the actors, poker, etc. So make sure you purchase the VHS version.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No DVD in CASE!!
I received this very excited to give to my dad and when I opened it (thank god) there was no DVD in the package! Got my money back but would never order here again!
Published 16 months ago by Jaime Jessen
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointed
The picture it's not so bad then Traffic and Seven but is grainy and the very big disapointement is the sound is out of sync.
Published on March 6 2009 by Carl Touchette
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome. Let us buy if from Amazon for you!
This is one of my favourite movies and is what catapulted me into the poker scene. There is a certain allure to the character Matt Damon plays; an intelligent law student that... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sick movie
The best poker movie ever.....if ur just startin out in poker this movie will help u with the lingo and some of the thing go happen in poker clubs....... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars This will make you want to play
This is the movie that will make you want to play poker
Ive been playing for about 5 years now and love the game. Ive read many poker books and found this one to be very good. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by a
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for all Poker Lovers
This is truly the movie that keeps on giving. Despite the fact that I've seen this movie over 15 times and I know most of the lines by heart, the joy and despair I get from... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Benjamin Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the movie that will make you want to play poker
This is the movie that will make you want to play poker
Ive been playing for about 5 years now and love the game. Read more
Published on June 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Damon at his best
Matt Damon has quickly established himself as a A-list celebrity. This is one of his first lead role movies and he shines.
Mike McDermott(Damon) is a rounder. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Matthew Edmundson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
Upon seeing the preview for this the first time, I assumed it was destined to be your typical mediocre redemption dramas with so-and-so saving so-and-so from this-or-that big bad... Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by "pale_eye"
5.0 out of 5 stars Flopped a Nut Straight
I watched this movie over and over all weekend. Then I went and played poker on Monday and won over twice my buy in. See the movie. 'Nuff said.
Published on March 4 2004 by Mark Mavrothalasitis
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