Two For The Money

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by jason on 12/19/2008

It was great but the DVD was defective!!!! About 3 quarters of the way through it started frezzing up! Such a bummer....

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TWO FOR THE MONEY, featuring Al Pacino, Rene Russo, and Matthew McConaughey, provides a most unexpected twist in its thrilling tale of high rolling bookie cons and sports gamblers. Brandon Lang (McConaughey) stars as a college football great permanently downed by an irreparable injury. He discovers a second talent, however, in predicting a game's winner and loser--a talent that makes him very attractive to Walter Abrams (Pacino), one of the country's leading sports betting consultants. Abrams takes on Lang as his protégé, moving him to Manhattan and allowing him to grow used to the lavish lifestyle. But, the seemingly perfect father/son relationship gradually unravels as Lang loses his touch and Abrams seeks too much control. The ensuing action, enrapturing even Abrams' wife Toni (Russo), resolves in a stunning revelation of con after con, leaving viewers to wonder whom to trust. Directed by D.J. Caruso (TAKING LIVES, THE SALTON SEA), TWO FOR THE MONEY is not the first time Al Pacino has played mentor to a protégé. In similar films such as ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and SCENT OF A WOMAN, Pacino brings to bear the commandeering and charismatic personality that made him so great in THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE. The understated performances by the rest of the cast allow Pacino to shine, and to make believable Abrams' manipulation and Lang's naiveté. Combining the intriguing and often illegal world of sports gambling with the solid story of con against con, TWO FOR THE MONEY makes for a satisfying thriller.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 202096483
UPC 025192849527
UPC 14 00025192849527
Format DVD
Release Date 2/6/2007
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Pacino,Al
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Directors
Name D.J. Caruso
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Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - Actor
Christophe Beck - Original Music By
Conrad W. Hall - Cinematographer
D.J. Caruso - Director
Dan Gilroy - Writer
Glen Scantlebury - Editor
Jay Cohen, et. al. - Producer
Jeremy Piven - Actor
Matthew McConaughey - Actor
Rene Russo - Actor
Rene Russo, et. al. - Executive Producer
Tom Southwell - Production Designer
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Two for the Money starts as a high voltage drama about the underbelly of the sports business -- the multi-billion dollar gambling industry. The movie takes us into the warts-and-all world of 1-900 numbers and internet betting sites, bringing us on-board and suck(er)ing us along with the main character. For 60 minutes, Two for the Money is a great ride - compelling, informative, and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, around the half-way point, the melodrama kicks in, and the film's focus becomes increasingly murky. Original screenwriting gives way to cliches, and the resolution, while offering closure, seems false - too much a case of the filmmakers wanting to have their cake and eat it, too.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money, you can see Al Pacino doing something he's done a lot lately: Having a terrific time being an actor. At 65, he's on a hot streak in one well-written role after another. In Insomnia, People I Know, Angels in America and The Merchant of Venice, he has given performances vibrating with tension and need, and now here he comes again. George C. Scott used to say when a good actor was in the right role, you could sense the joy of performance. Pacino has moments here when he doesn't quite click his heels.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Commentary, Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Interview, Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Al Pacino / Armand Assante / Jaime King / Jeremy Piven / Matthew McConaughey / Pacino,Al / Ralph Garman / Rene Russo
Director Conrad W. Hall / D.J. Caruso
Label Mca Home Video
Video Format DVD
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Mose Persico, Entertainment Spotlight An adrenaline rush from start to finish!!
Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper Al Pacino is at the top of his form.
Roseann Rogers, NBC-TV Exhilarating and exciting.
Mose Persico, Entertainment Spotlight Riveting and explosive.

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