- Time: 121 min
- Genre: Crime | Drama
- Director: John Dahl
- Cast: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, Gretchen Mol, John Turturro, Famke Janssen
John Dahl directed this exploration of New York private clubs devoted to high-stakes poker, with first-person narration from the film’s central figure, law student Mike McDermott, who loses his entire savings to Russian club owner Teddy KGB. Mike then turns away from cards, devoting his attentions to his law studies and his live-in girlfriend Jo, who’s concerned when Mike’s former gambling buddy Worm is released from prison. She has good reason to worry, since it takes Worm only a matter of minutes to draw Mike back into poker action. When she learns Mike has returned to the poker clubs, she moves out, and Mike begins to lose interest in his studies. Worm has a pre-prison debt, and the threatening Grama wants the money. Mike not only indulges the irresponsible Worm, he gets involved in Worm’s debts. When Grama demands $15,000 on a five-day deadline, the two buddies go into high gear with a non-stop, no-sleep gambling binge that spirals downward toward an ultimate confrontation with Teddy KGB.