All In - The Poker Movie

Released 2012


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Douglas Tirola
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All In - The Poker Movie is the story of the poker boom that started in the underground clubs of New York City and went on to be played on line, in casinos and at home games all around the world. Poker became so big you could watch it on TV every day of the year until the US Government shut down the three largest poker websites in the world. This controversial action cut off the ability of millions of people to play poker and for many others to make a living. All In - The Poker Movie is the definitive story of the rise, fall and rebirth of poker. How did poker become the battleground for personal freedom and the fight for adults to choose how they spend their time and money? ALL IN- THE POKER MOVIE tells the story of poker's renaissance over the past ten years, from a game once played only by grandparents and teenagers unable to get a date on Friday night to a nationally televised sport played by millions, on a weekly basis in casinos, basements, and online. An activity so hip that even Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Tobey Maguire, and Matt Damon have a regular game. This documentary weaves the quest for the American Dream, the ability to take risks, and the celebration of entrepreneurship with a game that began with conmen on riverboats nearly two centuries ago. Poker has become a metaphor for making it big quick, and though millions play it, poker seems unable to escape it's cinematic image of something done by people on the outside of society. The film's extensive research, archival footage, and interviews with today's poker celebrities, as well as social commentators such as Ira Glass and Doris Kearns Goodwyn make this the definitive exploration on this worldwide cultural phenomenon. All In - The Poker Movie tells the story of how poker has come to be a part of mainstream culture while also exploring how poker satisfies our desire to play win, and shape our identities as individuals.


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  • 75

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    The film has a shambling charm that actively disputes an unspoken notion that a documentary must be well-structured in order to effectively land its points.

  • 50


    Loaded with history, interviews, hole-cam drama and some rather grand digressions, Douglas Tirola's picture seems a bit late for the poker craze, and at any rate will be preaching ...

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Informative and lively if low on cinematic value, the documentary will play well on the small screen.

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