Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) is a law student who has given up his true talent (and love), gambling, when he loses all of his money to Teddy KGB (John Malkovich in a hilarious role). Months later, when his friend Worm (Edward Norton) gets out of jail and is on a strict deadline to repay a $15,000 debt to Teddy, he must decide whether or not to help his friend, threatening his student status and relationship with his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol). Tightly written, beautifully photographed by the brilliant Jean-Yves Escoffier, and well-played all across the board (particularly by Norton), this is a work of slick, enjoyable entertainment.
John Dahl - Director/Screenwriter
Joel Stillerman - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Matt Damon - American actor, screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
Edward Norton - Actor/Director
John Turturro - American Actor/Director, BARTON FINK (1991)
Famke Janssen - Model/actress
Gretchen Mol - Actress/"The Funeral"
Ted Demme - Director/"Who's The Man"
Christopher Young - Composer, COPYCAT/THE SHIPPING NEWS
Brian Koppelman - Screenwriter "Rounders"
Chris Young - Actor/"Book Of Love"
Terry Dresbach - Costume Designer
Rob Pearson - Production Designer, THE MATADOR (2005)
David Levien - Screenwriter "Rounders"
John Malkovich - American Actor/Producer
Martin Landau - Oscar winning actor, ED WOOD
Jean-Yves Escoffier - Genius Cinematographer
"...Stylish entertainment and smartass fun..." - 10/01/1998 Rolling Stone, p.75-6
"...Levien's script builds tension along nicely..." - 12/01/1998 Sight and Sound, p.59-60
"...Puts us right inside the psychological rush of the game....Makes gambling fever palpable..." -- Rating: B - 10/09/1998 Entertainment Weekly, p.59
"...Mischievously entertaining....Jean-Yves Escoffier contributes deep-hued evocative cinematography to the overall dark allure..." - 09/11/1998 New York Times, p.E16