Miramax Released 1998



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John Dahl

The film revolves around law student Mike McDermott who, against the wishes of his girlfriend, returns to the world of high-stakes Texas Hold'em poker. Mike teams up with his old friend, the newly-released ex-con Worm, who perfected rigging a deck, chip-signaling, and other poker sleight-of-hand skills during his stay in prison. Despite the advice from fellow rounder, Knish, the duo return to conning less experienced players out of cash to help Worm trim the debt he accrued before being locked up. The fun ends when ruthless poker powerhouse Teddy KGB gives them a dose of reality, a $15K debt, and a time limit to repay it.


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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mischievously entertaining...Dahl's film has character in oversupply even if its actual characters are sometimes thin. Poker fever makes up for whatever the story lacks in everyday...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Intermittently engaging but dramatically slack, this more interesting around the edges than it is at its core, thanks to the dull nature of the lead character played by M...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Like Malkovich's out of control Russian accent, Rounders ends up reaching a place too hard to understand and even harder to believe in.


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      • Domestic Gross - $22,912,409 (80th)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $39,864,660

      • Other production companies:
        Spanky Pictures

      • Filming locations include:
        Atlantic City, New Jersey
        New York City, New York
        Newark, New Jersey
        Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville, New York

      • Taglines:
        1. In the poker game of life women are the rake
        2. In The Game Of Life... Play The Cards You're Dealt
        3. All your hopes and dreams...crushed.
        4. Trust everyone... but always cut the cards.
        5. Pick a card, any card.
        6. It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money.
        7. You've got to play the hand you're dealt.

      • Music:
        Baby, I'm A Big Star Now
        Written by Adam Duritz
        Performed by Counting Crows
        That's The Kind Of Girl I Dream Of
        Written by Marvin Fisher & Joel Segal
        Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
        Warm Valley
        Written by Duke Ellington
        Performed by Duke Ellington
        Written by Jim Smith & Greg Humphreys
        Performed by Hobex
        Strada Del Bosco
        Written by De Michele, Bixle, Rusconi & Nisa
        Performed by Mario Napeletano
        Tuxedo Junction
        Written by Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, Julian Dash & Buddy Feyne
        Performed by Gene Krupa
        The Worm
        Written by Jimmy McGriff
        Performed by Jimmy McGriff
        I Hate Myself For Loving You
        Written by Joan Jett & Desmond Child
        Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
        Brandenburg Concerto #1
        Chitlins Con Carne
        Written by Kenny Burrell
        Performed by The Johnny Lewis Quartet
        Funk #49
        Written by Walsh, Fox & Peters

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    90s, Crime, Gambling, Mobsters