He imports Brandon after the kid startles Vegas with the accuracy of his predictions. He gives him a haircut, a wardrobe, a sports car and a new name, and puts him on TV, and Brandon obliges one weekend by correctly calling 12 games out of That's all the plot you need from me. The rest will be observation. Look at the monologue Pacino delivers at a Gamblers' Anonymous meeting. It's got the passion, if not quite the language, of his soliloquies in "The Merchant of Venice.
We need to lose. When they win, they keep gambling until they lose again. Walter knows this so well he hasn't gambled in years. Brandon has never gambled. Toni has gambled: She gambled when she married Walter. They have a young daughter. The way Walter grabs for the nitroglycerin pills when his angina hits, he shouldn't be in a business that depends on point spreads.
But Walter is an optimist: "It was only a small one," he says after one attack. I won't tell you what happens involving these three people in this movie, but I want you to watch for the way all three change. The screenplay by Dan Gilroy isn't one of those deals where one guy acts out and everybody else watches him. It's about three people who are transformed in relation to one another, as a situation develops that is equally dangerous all the way around.
It takes us a while to understand what Brandon is doing, and then we realize that Walter knows what he's doing -- and is seeing him, and raising him. There are moments here, including one moment before a live TV broadcast, where Walter is pushing his whole stake into the pot, and the game isn't poker, it's life. Is the movie a realistic portrait of these kinds of people in this kind of business? I'm not an expert, but I doubt it.
What I don't understand is how Walter finds out how much his clients bet, so he can collect his percentage. Bookies aren't real good at sharing information, especially for the benefit of an operation devoted to out-handicapping them. And besides, there are a lot of bookies. Why can't I get the tips from Walter's company, bet a grand with a bookie he knows about, and 10 grand with some guy he doesn't know about?
This is a problem, but it is not a problem that bothers me. It's a classic MacGuffin. The point is that something happens on the second floor that means Walter and Brandon and the telephone guys make a pile of money when Brandon correctly predicts the weekend games, and they do it without placing bets or taking bets. That's what we need to know. Everything else is dialogue, direction, acting and energy. I've been watching Pacino a long time. I saw him at the beginning, in , in "Panic in Needle Park.
His next movie was " The Godfather. But good as he already was, I think something rotated inside and clicked as he was directing his documentary "Looking for Richard" , which was about how Shakespeare should be acted, and how an actor should play Richard III. Here was an actor in his mids, asking undergraduate questions, reinventing how he approaches a role, asking what acting is.
He chose " Richard III ," a character who looks in a mirror and asks himself how he should play himself. In his movies since then, Pacino seems to have found something in the mirror. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in In , he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.
The film concludes with Lang's predictions coming true for the last game, both of which he allegedly determines by flipping coins in a bathroom, as he leaves New York and takes a job as coach of a junior league football team. Two for the Money received generally negative reviews from critics. Its consensus states that "Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money ' s aimless plot isn't worth betting on.
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One person found this helpful. All I can say is this is just a great movie. Love it watch over and over. Good story. Would defiantly recommend. Great movie. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey in the same film.
And Rene Russo - she is producing as well as acting so was obviously involved in casting these two together. Pacino plays the intense complex character he has always specialised in and McConaughey plays the intense character he specialises in. He is younger, taller and more beautiful and also has the beauty of youth. They both play intelligent characters and manage to manipulate each other in a fascinating way. It was the interplay between these two actors both of who I respect highly than the actual story that interested.
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Jay Cohen , James G. Jun 2, Morgan Creek Productions, Cosmic Entertainment. Al Pacino Walter Abrams. Matthew McConaughey Brandon Lang. Rene Russo Toni Morrow. Armand Assante Novian. Jeremy Piven Jerry. Jaime King Alexandria. Kevin Chapman Southie. Ralph Garman Reggie. Gedde Watanabe Milton. Carly Pope Tammy. Caruso Director. Dan Gilroy Writer. Jay Cohen Producer. James G. Robinson Producer. Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer. Glen Scantlebury Film Editor. Tom Southwell Production Design.
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April 19, Rating: C Full Review…. View All Critic Reviews Feb 25, In this typical rise and demise story Matthew McConaughey is fresh-faced young men and a washed-up football player turned sports tipster - Brandon Lang. As the relationship between Lang and Abrams develops we see their almost paternal relationship grows as Lang changes his personality. The odds become increasingly stacked against Langs as the story unravels and truths come to light.
Watch as these sharps ride the ebbs and flows of the sports betting industry for a better understanding of how deep this sports bet tipping business goes. Brandon Lang is a real person who was inducted into the world of sports gambling broking. He helped punters bet on Monday night football games but decided betting himself was too dangerous a risk to take. The real Lang admits Walter taught him to talk the talk and pitch this business to willing punters. Lang admits, unlike the film, he enjoyed helping those placing smaller bets win money rather than millionaires winning even more money than they already had.
A tout or sharp or whatever sports betting terminology you choose to use is someone who makes sports betting predictions and sells them to punters. It can be a lucrative business as the film Two for the Money suggests, especially when you play with the big boys.
He is then poached by Abrams to help him in his touting business whereby they advise big spenders on where to place their handicapped sporting bets for the best results. As the relationship between Lang and Abrams develops we see their almost paternal relationship grows as Lang changes his personality.
The odds become increasingly stacked against Langs as the story unravels and truths come to light. Watch as these sharps ride the ebbs and flows of the sports betting industry for a better understanding of how deep this sports bet tipping business goes. Brandon Lang is a real person who was inducted into the world of sports gambling broking. He helped punters bet on Monday night football games but decided betting himself was too dangerous a risk to take.
The real Lang admits Walter taught him to talk the talk and pitch this business to willing punters. Lang admits, unlike the film, he enjoyed helping those placing smaller bets win money rather than millionaires winning even more money than they already had.
A tout or sharp or whatever sports betting terminology you choose to use is someone who makes sports betting predictions and sells them to punters. Lang's total image is remade with a new car, new wardrobe, and a new look, with the assistance of Walter's wife, Toni, a hair stylist.
Things suddenly go south, however, when Lang begins playing his hunches instead of doing his homework. He loses his touch and is even physically assaulted by the thugs of a gambler who lost a great deal of money following Lang's advice. Abrams and Lang's once-solid relationship sours. Lang's new high-rolling lifestyle depends entirely on his ability to predict the outcomes of the games.
Millions are at stake by the time he places his last bet, and Abrams, a recovering gambling addict and alcoholic, grows increasingly unstable. He secretly begins gambling all of his own money on Lang's picks and becomes suspicious that Lang is having an affair with his wife. The film concludes with Lang's predictions coming true for the last game, both of which he allegedly determines by flipping coins in a bathroom, as he leaves New York and takes a job as coach of a junior league football team.
Two for the Money received generally negative reviews from critics. Its consensus states that "Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money ' s aimless plot isn't worth betting on. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Theatrical release poster.
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