The Music of Chance (1993)
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Former fireman Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin), spending his large inheritance on a cross-country auto trip, decides to pick up a hitchhiker (James Spader). The man turns out to be a con man involved in a high-stakes poker game. Nashe makes the impulsive move of bankrolling the con man, but is unprepared to face the consequences after a big loss.
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Haas' literal-minded adaptation, something he also did effectively with the more visually opulent Angels and Insects, is helpful in directly laying out our own moral debate, where our sense of social obligation bumps up against our moralistic outrage.
A true original. Fascinatingly off-beat. One of the most underrated, overlooked films of the 1990s.
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