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½ December 24, 2016
Good film with a shocking surprise twist. Henry Fonda's role as an addicted gambler is out of keeping from his traditional grass roots and wholesome roles. Kevin McCarthy and Joanne Woodward are great in supporting roles. A surprisingly good screenplay with a satisfying outcome in this sleeper good film.
March 19, 2014
This is a great poker movie, with great comedy, and a clever plot, that also has a great cast, including Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Charles Bickford, Burgess Meredith, and Kevin McCarthy. This is great entertainment, and vastly underrated and relatively unknown.
½ January 4, 2014
One of the better comedy-westerns around.
August 12, 2013
This could have been a great story of tragedy, courage and redemption if Fonda, Woodward and their son really had been the innocents they came across as being. One complication -- the banker wants in -- was all that was needed. Instead it descended to the level of a Made for TV movie.
Super Reviewer
July 7, 2013
Clever plot with unusual twists, a great cast, excellent dialogue. And funny, really, really funny.
½ September 17, 2012
An entertaining little movie with a twist at the end which I did not see coming. The film centers around a yearly, small town, high stakes poker game, which includes some of the most prosperous men in the region. Great cast including Jason Robards Jr., Joanne Woodward, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ford, Burgess Meredith, Charles Bickford and Henry Fonda (if you haven't seen the movie and want to, don't read on) as a cheat. Yes, Henry Fonda as a cheat! This is the first movie he starred in that he wasn't a "good" guy. Fonda does a superb job depicting his character. He need not say a word, his facial expressions speak volumes. One need not know much about poker, (Mary [Joanne Woodward] doesn't or does she?), to get caught up in the drama and enjoy the laughs. A poor man's version of The Sting.
½ September 8, 2012
oh boy another poker movie!
May 18, 2012
A very entertaining movie that is well cast and directed. Note Jason Robards' great expressions during the movie as well as the way the director blocked his shots.
I have watched this movie several times and each time I enjoy it even more.
A real winner!
November 15, 2011
Excellent American movie. It's more about people than playing poker. It kept me interested through the whole film. Ending is brilliant, although this kind of ending crossed my mind in the middle of the movie. So, it's slightly predictable. Even though, very entertaining.
August 18, 2011
A likable little poker comedy. Inconsequential apart from the standout performances of Paul Ford, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards and Burgess Meredith.
Super Reviewer
December 5, 2010
I can't remember seeing this movie...but what an incredible cast!!
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2010
Joanne Woodward is pretty good as the meek little wife who has to take her husband's (Henry Fonda) place at the poker table after he falls ill. She of course knows nothing about the game and learns as she goes against some obnoxious town moneybags, one of whom is Jason Robards Jr. Saying any more would be spoiling the fun.
½ August 6, 2010
It's kind of thin, but very charming. Especially the performance by Paul Ford of the clever, curmudgeonly banker. There are some Hollywood legends in this and it's funny finish is the highlight. However, the poker game that attempts to build suspense, fails to push the right buttons.
May 18, 2010
3: A very strange film, but it all comes together in the end, and then some. I suppose poker pictures are a sub genre of the western, but this one took me by surprise anyway, and the surprises just kept coming. It went places I never anticipated. In the end it probably reminded me more of The Sting than anything. There were times during the picture when I had no clue where it was going and it seemed like it was started to drag. Howver, the twists and truns in the plot made up for it to the point where by the end I actually wanted it to keep going. There are aspects of the film that were very heartwarming and touching as well, which was also unexpected. I was thiking it would be a 2. Boy, was I wrong. They don't make em like this anymore, but they do try, perhaps a bit too hard. This seems relatively effortless and doesn't reach for too much.
April 14, 2010
Totally silly. Henry Fonda is great.
March 20, 2010
Incredibly entertaining Western-Comedy about a guy getting involved in a high stakes poker game.
March 19, 2010
still like the edward g robinson/steve mcqueen poker movie better than this pale imitation
December 27, 2009
As the movie advances, you'll be dying to know how it turns out. DON'T read any spoilers! Trust me!
July 31, 2009
WHY DO I KEEP TRYING WESTERNS???? This was painful. I watched the last hour in fast forward.
½ July 9, 2009
I hadn't planned on watching this and might not have were it just for the title. Also, due to its age, it didn't hold a great deal of promise either. It was shown in HD on specialty TV and I stumbled across it when channel surfing right at the film's beginning. It was intriguing from the get go and well written. I can't really recall watching anything with a similar plot or plot twists. It was entertaining.
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