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Shade (2003)



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The first film from real-life card shark Damian Nieman, who wrote and directed the picture, stars Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, and Stuart Townsend as a trio of con-artists looking to make a big score. With the help of The Dean (Sylvester Stallone), the three pull off a grift that makes them all very rich. Unfortunately, the original owners of the dough aren't exactly pleased and are out to get the money and revenge. Shade premiered at the 2003 CineVegas film festival and also stars Jamie Foxx and Melanie Griffith.

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Gabriel Byrne
as Charlie Miller
Jamie Foxx
as Larry Jennings
Hal Holbrook
as The Professor
Bo Hopkins
as Scarne
as Louis Freese
Jason Cerbone
as Young Dean
Michael Dorn
as Jack Thornhill
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Critic Reviews for Shade

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Card sharks and grifters look like the stuff of an engrossing movie in Shade, but, in the end, under-realized direction and characters deliver less than a full deck.

June 10, 2008

A failure on every conceivable level -- from its trite, pedestrian dialogue to its static, torturous pacing.

April 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/4

Loaded with dizzying cons and betrayals, it pays off with a satisfying and unpredictable finish.

April 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Through some mystery of connection and financing that involves producer Merv Griffin, many worthy players are degraded by Nieman's amateur stylings.

April 8, 2004 | Full Review…

A dramatic thriller with a large cast playing the hell out of some very juicy roles.

April 8, 2004

Shade is the kind of film that makes for a perfect Saturday night rental.

June 26, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shade

Another forgotten Stallone film, This time it's about card griffting and even though it can be hard to keep up with who's on who's side even in the end we're still not sure, The card games were pretty good and there's about 3 twists that kept the film fresh, We expect twists in films like this so they weren't a big suprise but it's pretty good but nothing new.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

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When gambling your life, leave nothing to chance.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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A swift, smart and wickedly entertaing crime thriller. Tense, clever and really cool. Teriffically funny and suspensful. Great twist and turns that never let up. Lot's of fun and enjoyment. A con you cant help but get caught up in. The cast is brilliant. Stuart Townsend, Thandie Newton and Gabriel Bryne are sizzeling. The three actors have great chemistry. Sylvester Stallone is teriffic. One of his best performances in years. It has the flash and cash to keep up.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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