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December 12th, 2011 at 11:00:26 PM permalink
Casino.

Ocean's trilogy was entertaining too, but nowhere near.

Does Fear and Loathing count? If so, that one also deserves a mention, as the most ridiculous one.
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December 12th, 2011 at 11:45:51 PM permalink
Stickmen is a favorite of mine. It's a pool movie, so not a casino flick by any means - but gambling plays a big role.
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FleaStiff
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December 12th, 2011 at 11:46:01 PM permalink
Yes, the movie Croupier is an interesting watch but it seems too much of a speculative musing on the role of luck in our lives as an actual casino caper movie. There is a duality of suggestions and certain plots afoot but nothing but a speculative resolution.
FatGeezus
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December 13th, 2011 at 8:08:22 AM permalink
"The Great Sinner" starring Gregory Peck. A black and white film from 1949.

A young writer goes to Monte Carlo to write about gambling and gamblers. He ultimately becomes a compulsive gambler himself.

When you watch this movie, you will smile because you can probably say "I've been there" or "I've seen that happen"

I saw this movie on Turner Classic Movies channel. TCM
tsmith
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December 13th, 2011 at 11:21:21 AM permalink
The best scene in "The Great Sinner" is the baccarat game. Ethel Barrymore plays Peck's mother, who knows nothing about the game, but learns in a hurry.

To watch her sit there and quietly say "Banco" as the bank doubles and re-doubles to several millions, while she loses every time, is really something ... until her head drops and she stops talking and everyone realizes she has died right there at the table, most likely from the stress of going broke so quickly and in such a way.


correctiion: Barrymore plays Ava Gardner's grandmother.
odiousgambit
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December 13th, 2011 at 11:32:28 AM permalink
Quote: tsmith

The best scene in "The Great Sinner" is the baccarat game. Ethel Barrymore plays Peck's mother, who knows nothing about the game, but learns in a hurry.

To watch her sit there and quietly say "Banco" as the bank doubles and re-doubles to several millions, while she loses every time, is really something ... until her head drops and she stops talking and everyone realizes she has died right there at the table, most likely from the stress of going broke so quickly and in such a way.



This reminds me a little bit of Pushkin's story The Queen of Spades which is a story about gambling. It has been made into several movies, various countries. I'm not sure now which version I saw, probably had subtitles. It was pretty good if you like really old movies.
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December 14th, 2011 at 1:24:58 PM permalink
Rounders
Casino
The Sting
Big Hand for the Little Lady


Note: "Big Hand" is a classic from 1966.

IMDB has a very brief plot synopsis.

If you go to the WikiPedia article, you can read the entire plot.
Spoiler alert: Don't read the last two paragraphs of the plot. Rent it and watch it. You'll thank me.
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December 14th, 2011 at 2:22:16 PM permalink
I loved Owning Mahowny.
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December 14th, 2011 at 6:49:12 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Yes, the movie Croupier is an interesting watch but it seems too much of a speculative musing on the role of luck in our lives as an actual casino caper movie. There is a duality of suggestions and certain plots afoot but nothing but a speculative resolution.



Thats the movie i was going to mention......but you described it much better than i would have.
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December 28th, 2011 at 4:11:32 PM permalink
The Gambler- James Caan
Owning Mahowny- Phillip Seymour Hoffman
The House of Games- Joe Mantegna
The Longshot- Tim Conway

21- probably the worst gambling movie ever
"I am a man devoured by the passion for gambling." --Dostoevsky, 1871

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