Miramax Released 1998




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Movie Summary

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.


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