Deal (2008)



Critic Consensus: Employing multiple cinematic clichés and milking stale performances, Deal proves inadequate for even the lowly regarded poker movie genre.

Movie Info

Deal yourself in for high-speed thrills and high-stakes poker action in this triumphant tale of cards and courage starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Shannon Elizabeth. A retired gambler (Reynolds) itching to get back in the game teams up with a hotshot college senior (Harrison) to take the poker world by storm. But a beautiful Vegas call girl (Elizabeth) complicates the plan, and soon the teacher and student find themselves in a heads-up battle for the championship. Featuring an all-star … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual content and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gil Cates, Gil Cates Jr., Marc Weinstock
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On DVD: Aug 20, 2008
Seven Arts Pictures/MGM - Official Site

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as Alex Stillman

as Tommy Vinson

as Charlie Adler

as Karen 'Razor' Jones

as Helen Vinson

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Critic Reviews for Deal

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

They've got to do something else with these poker movies.

April 28, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Reynolds doesn't convey any of the lightning bolt insouciance that made him arguably the greatest movie star of the '70s and '80s (really) but rather just stands there.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Success isn't in the cards for this plodding poker drama.

April 25, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Deal could use a touch of the slickness that's making the blackjack drama 21 such a greasy hit.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A product of the recent poker craze, this can't compare with the movie that helped launch it, John Dahl's tense Rounders.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Deal is perhaps too briskly paced: The narrative moves along a bit too fleetingly for any genuine character development.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Deal

Another card shark movie...where the aging teacher eventually takes the student to more ways than just is good whether you like the card game of poker or not...see this it is a good watch!

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

Deal centers around a aging poker player played really good by a ageing Burt Reynolds who never fullfilled his dream of winning the big one and the young kid just out of college he takes under his wing showing him the ins and outs of the poker world that is untill student and teacher go up against each other in a winner take all world series of poker. really good movie worth checking out for those that enjoyed Rounders

ken j

Super Reviewer


This movie was quite familiar to me. I thought I was watching a remake of Color Of Money. Spme serious hackey acting and I believe Reynolds studied Newman's performance in the forementioned film. The pros that make cameos don't even add anything to the film.

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