R | | Action, Crime, Drama
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.
Harvey Keitel passed on this project.
One thing I've learned in the last seven years: in every game and con there's always an opponent, and there's always a victim. The trick is to know when you're the latter, so you can become the former.
The chess board in one scene is set up wrong as there is a black square in lower right hand corner.
There are six title cards carrying quotes (some real, some made up) which appear, the first four before the film starts; the ideas in the quotes are referred to in the dialogue. 1. "The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look." - Julius Caesar, 75 B.C. 2. "The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent." - Fundamentals of Chess, 1883 3. "First rule of business, protect your investment." - Etiquette of the Banker, 1775 4. "There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy." - Niccolo Machiavelli, 1502 At 1:13 : 5. "The only real enemy to have ever existed, is an internal one." - The Road to Suicide, pg1, line 1 At 1:36 : 6. "Your friends are close, but your enemy is closer." - The Road to Suicide, pg1, line 2
There's a new 2007 Director's Cut DVD release of the movie in Skandinavia which is approx. 15 min shorter (101min) than the normal cut (115min).
$1,082,661 (Europe) (23 September 2005)
$75,420 (USA) (16 December 2007)
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