The Music of Chance


The Music of Chance (1993)



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James Spader and Mandy Patinkin in an "American Playhouse" presentation about two drifters in a poker game with two odd millionaires (Charles Durning, Joel Grey). Calvin: M. Emmet Walsh. Tiffany: Samantha Mathis.


Critic Reviews for The Music of Chance

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

As it moves towards its fatalistic, circular ending, Haas' austere, matter-of-fact but unnerving portrait of strange bedfellows takes on the feeling of life in all of its isolation, hope and endless, meaningless toil.

Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is a brilliantly enigmatic examination of luck, the feeling we have of some harmony or order governing our fate.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The oddball tale is so well-acted that it seems like a neglected minor gem.

Jun 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Aug 27, 2012 | Full Review…

A true original. Fascinatingly off-beat. One of the most underrated, overlooked films of the 1990s.

Oct 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Spellbing film about the capriciousnes of human nature and the soullessness of lives enslaved to wealt

Jul 18, 2003 | Full Review…

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