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Even Money (2006)

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Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.

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Mark Rydell

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Robert Tannen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Carolyn
Kelsey Grammer ... Detective Brunner
Michael Eaves Michael Eaves ... Announcer
Forest Whitaker ... Clyde Snow
Texas Battle ... Darius Jackson
Nick Cannon ... Godfrey Snow
Charles Robinson ... Coach Washington (as Charlie Robinson)
Ray Liotta ... Tom
Carson Brown ... Nicole
Jay Mohr ... Augie
Grant Sullivan Grant Sullivan ... Murph
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ... Writer in Coffee Shop (as James Marsh)
Shanelle Gray ... Jill (as Shanelle Workman)
Tim Roth ... Victor
Suzanne Covington Suzanne Covington ... Lady Winner
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Storyline

Gambling: Carolyn, a novelist, is losing her family's savings at the slots; she's befriended by a close-up magician who dreams of making it big. A murdered bookie has the cops focused on Victor, who fronts for the mysterious, never-seen Ivan. Augie and Murph, two other bookies ply their partnership, which is endangered by an offer from Victor to Augie and by Murph's girlfriend's rejection of his violent vocation. A mechanic, in debt to his bookies, asks his basketball-playing brother to shave some points. A paraplegic cop sees all. Will anyone reach their dream? The odds are against it. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Life is a gamble. How much are you willing to risk? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2008 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Jump Shot See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,465, 20 May 2007

Gross USA:

$64,458

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,974
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nearly all the basketball scenes begin with a three or four note fanfare that seems intended to be jarring. These notes are actually the beginning of a fight song shared by both the University of California and UCLA. See more »

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In the basketball game at the beginning of the movie, both teams are wearing dark 'away' uniforms. In reality one team would be considered the home team and be wearing white or light colored uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Detective Brunner: Like I said we're all chasin somethin. More money. More love. What we're really looking for is more life. But sometimes you go looking for more, and you wind up with less. It's a beautiful world. We ought to be satisfied. But the truth is... we all want more. Some take a chance for the rush of winning. Some for love. But you can't have your dream without laying something on the line. The key is not to risk what you can't afford to lose. You might think you're different. But someday... you're ...
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Bump and Grind
Composed by Nicky Matthew (as Nick Matthews)
Published by Extreme Production Music USA (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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"Even Money" busts out
20 May 2007 | by Eat1See all my reviews

"Even Money" is an ensemble drama that aims to be the Traffic or Syriana of gambling, but comes off closer to Crash—a trite amalgam of scenes we've seen many, many times before. The fact that you've heard so little about a film with such an impressive cast (Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta, Danny DeVito, Tim Roth, Kelsey Grammar, Nick Cannon, Jay Mohr, Carla Gugino, Forest Whitaker) should tell you something; indeed, the scuttlebutt on the ol' World Wide Internets is that the film was headed straight to DVD until Whitaker picked up the Oscar.

The cast is mostly good, but there's only so much that they can do with this material. Basinger and Liotta are especially hard up, stranded in a story thread that is older than the hills; poor Carla Gugino is stuck playing the same scene (by my count) three times straight, which is a criminal misuse of an actress as intelligent and sexy as she. Tim Roth has some nice moments as an especially snarky bad guy, though this viewer wondered if he would really show up at the college basketball game that provides the film's climax (with a resolution that can be clearly seen the moment the story turn is introduced). Kelsey Grammar (nearly unrecognizable) appears, at the film's beginning, to be doing an interesting piece of character acting as a cop, but he then disappears for over an hour, which makes his character's big final scene somewhat less than compelling.

"Even Money" is a mess, an attempt to manufacture a prestige picture by throwing many talented actors at a script whose most complex insight appears to be "gambling is bad". We should expect as much from producer Bob Yari, who gave us the aforementioned "Crash" ("racism is bad"). Director Mark Rydell has helmed a couple of successful films ("On Golden Pond", "The Cowboys") and some interesting failures ("Intersection", "The Rose"), but when he pops up briefly as a powerful figure at the end of "Even Money", all I could think of was his similar acting role in Altman's "The Long Goodbye", and how much I'd rather be watching that movie than this one.


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