• Rounders (1998)


Release Date: September 11th, 1998

DVD Release Date: February 9th, 1999

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) loses his money in a poker game against Russian gangster Teddy "KGB" (John Malkovich). Under pressure from his girlfriend, Jo (Gretchen Mol), he promises to quit gambling. This lasts until his friend, Lester "Worm" Murphy (Edward Norton), gets out of prison and needs to pay off an old debt. The pair come close to earning the money back but are caught cheating. Then Mike finds out the debt is owed to Teddy and makes one last-ditch effort to beat the Russian.

Cast: Matt Damon, Ed Norton, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, John Malkovich, Martin Landau, Michael Rispoli

Director: John Dahl

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films, Spanky Pictures

Keywords: Revenge, 1990s, Underdog, Rivalry, Tense, Gripping, New York City, Friend, Girlfriend, Cool, Prison, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    In spite of how hard everything is to believe, you believe what Damon is doing. show more

  • 75
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    Most novel is Rounders' message that the real sin isn't giving into vice but denying your God-given talents and not risking it all. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    For a grimmer and more realistic look at this world, no modern movie has surpassed Karel Reisz's "The Gambler'' (1974), starring James Caan in a screenplay by self-described degenerate gambler James Toback. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com