SPECIAL: The Best Poker Movies

Fortunately, not everyone is as unlucky as Charlie Harper in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, who, according to his own statements, always loses a large part of his quite lavish income during the game.

Maybe the good Charlie should take a look at a list of poker movies. As a kind of cinematic tutoring. Who knows, maybe he can copy one or the other trick from the professionals in the film and use it profitably in the poker game. More Realmoney Poker sites (Die besten Echtgeld Poker Seiten). We recommend the brand 888 poker.

Welcome to a Filmtipps-Mini-Special in the sign of jack, lady, king, grAS. We start with the inevitable classics and travel to the equally inevitable Las Vegas. We will visit one or the other casino. We’ll go astray, wake up in the Wild West, make a detour to Italy and even Far East Laos before we find enemies for life in Oklahoma.

CINCINNATI KID

USA 1965, directed by Norman Jewison. Actors: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Rip Torn, Ann-Margret

This classic tells the story of the young poker pro Eric „The Kid“ Stoner (Steve McQueen), who in New Orleans during the Great Depression challenged the old master Lancey „The Man“ Howard (Edward G. Robinson).

Originally Sam Peckinpah had started shooting. But the controversial director rebel („THE WILD BUNCH“, „STRAW DOGS“, „BRING MIR DEN KOPF VON ALFREDO GARCIA“) had quickly quarreled with the producers. Norman Jewison stepped in and staged what was possibly the most dense character study of possessed players of all time.

CASINO

USA 1995, Director: Martin Scorsese. Actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Kevin Pollak.

Sam „Ace“ Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is commissioned by the Chicago mob to lead the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas because of his first-class gambling and betting talent. It’s a place where gambling has nothing to do with either luck or gambling.

CASINO is perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Saint Marty’s filmography, as we like to call Martin Scorsese on our small website, which is not poor with great masterpieces. And a true story to boot. You can find a detailed film review with top marks – what else – here.

LAST EXIT RENO

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Actors: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

John (John C. Reilly) gambled away the last cent. An elderly man named Sidney (Philip Baker Hall) appears as the saviour in distress, who teaches him various tricks in the casino.

Even before MAGNOLIA, BOOGIE NIGHTS AND THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LAST EXIT RENO or HARD EIGHT, as the film was originally called, was BLOOD. The debut film of the director Paul Thomas Anderson, who is highly esteemed by us, may not yet reach the complexity of his later work, but his feeling for telling a good story is already evident in this work. Together with his at the same time down-to-earth and innovative directing, the inimitable camera of Robert Elswit and half a dozen top-class actors, make this film something special.

WILD CARD

USA, 2015, directed by Simon West. Performers: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido, Hope Davis, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche

Action veteran Simon West (THE EXPENDABLES 3) staged this underrated thriller in Las Vegas. Jason Statham is much more challenged as an actor than in comparable productions. The dramatic character of a pathological card player, who wants to hide his problems by emphasizing coolness, suits the Brit surprisingly well. Here is our film review.

THE CARD PLAYER

I 2004. Director. Dario Argento. Actors: Liam Cunningham, Adalberto Maria Merli, Silvio Muccin

The Roman commissioner Anna Mari (Stefania Rocca) gets an email message from a madman who wants to poker online with the police for the life of a kidnapped woman. If the police refuse the offer, the woman has to die. If she loses, she has to die as well. A classic lose-lose situation, unfortunately also for the career of Dario Argento. The visionary creator of powerful Giallos – we are eagerly awaiting the SUSPIRA remake – is far from his best form here. For all our love: Our reviewer could not give more than 6 out of 10 points at that time.