TV-14 | | Drama
An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
Paddy Chayefsky was originally signed to write the screenplay.
It's a whole new deal! Good hands all around. Prosperity for everybody.
Throughout the final poker game of the film, Hoyle poker cards with "shell back" are dealt by Shooter and Lady Fingers. When the man flips his jack of diamonds, a close-up of his cards shows a jack and a queen of diamonds in the standard style of Bee or Bicycle decks, even though we have seen a close-up of a Hoyle-style jack of diamonds before and the end credits display the man's final hand with Hoyle-style queen and jack.
There are two different endings to this film. The first ending, which is shown in all vhs releases, after Stoner loses the coin throw to the shoe shine boy, the boy walks away saying "You're not ready for me yet, Kid." As the boy walks away, Stoner turns around and it fades into the ending credits. In the second (or extended) ending, which was shown on Turner Classic Movies, after Stoner loses the coin throw to the shoe shine boy, the boy leaves saying "You're not ready for me yet, kid." Stoner turns around and continues walking until he sees Christian, then embraces her. The frame then freezes and says "The End" before fading into the credits.