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  1. #1 Anybody seen the movie "High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story" 
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    Just ordered it. Is it any good?
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    I've seen it, well worth watching.



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    Many people didn't like it, but like Wilheim, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie.


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    Horrible acting ruins it for me.
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    If you have a critical eye for cinema, forget it. The acting is bad, the script is full of cliches and awkward, forced dialogue. Clunky. Sometimes it was trying so hard to be grave and serious, I had to laugh my ass off.

    I am a bit of a movie snob and I had to seriously cringe through parts of it. But just because of the subject matter, I got some enjoyment out of it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho
    If you have a critical eye for cinema, forget it. The acting is bad, the script is full of cliches and awkward, forced dialogue. Clunky. Sometimes it was trying so hard to be grave and serious, I had to laugh my ass off.

    I am a bit of a movie snob and I had to seriously cringe through parts of it. But just because of the subject matter, I got some enjoyment out of it too.
    Very well said!! and I am not even a movie snob.
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    Saw the movie and found it somewhat lacking in both the depth of Stu Ungar's life both at the tables as well as his private troubles. Plus the acting was weak. That being said, I am not a highly critical individual when it comes to watching movies for entertainment purposes. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmanTED
    Saw the movie and found it somewhat lacking in both the depth of Stu Ungar's life both at the tables as well as his private troubles. Plus the acting was weak. That being said, I am not a highly critical individual when it comes to watching movies for entertainment purposes. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2+.
    I will give it a 3-

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    I agree with OMT & Fish, especially where it was missing, and it's accentuating ad nauseum his self-destructive faults.

    Some of you fellows still have went out and rented my two gambling sleepers "Dinner Rush" or "The Deli" yet..you are missing out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmanTED
    Saw the movie and found it somewhat lacking in both the depth of Stu Ungar's life both at the tables as well as his private troubles. Plus the acting was weak. That being said, I am not a highly critical individual when it comes to watching movies for entertainment purposes. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate it a 2+.
    Your comments are right on OMT

    They never really give you any reasons to like Stu and root for him. They just make him out to be a deranged failure who did good at gin as a kid and won the WSOP a few times.

    High Roller fails on every level as a motion picture

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    I liked it but naturally I know nothing about him outside of what I watched. Mike Imperioli went to HS w/ my buddy and I love his acting. He is really really kool too.

    I imagine Stu was a very complex guy. Most guys that are so talented/genius usually are. A greek tragedy.

    Anyway for a casual guy like me, it was entertaining.
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    [QUOTE=RobFunk] They never really give you any reasons to like Stu and root for him. They just make him out to be a deranged failure who did good at gin as a kid and won the WSOP a few times.

    QUOTE]Sounds like the movie caught the 'real' Stu Unger! What a prick! When are they going to make the BW Story? Then we can compare pricks!
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    :poke1: [QUOTE=CAPN CRUNCH]
    Quote Originally Posted by RobFunk
    They never really give you any reasons to like Stu and root for him. They just make him out to be a deranged failure who did good at gin as a kid and won the WSOP a few times.

    QUOTE]Sounds like the movie caught the 'real' Stu Unger! What a prick! When are they going to make the BW Story? Then we can compare pricks!






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    New Ungar documentary (short) produced by pokerlistings.com

    http://www.pokerlistings.com/videos/...ntary-74406f5d

    In his short life, Stu Ungar went from the top of the gambling world to rock bottom, which set the stage for the 1997 World Series of Poker and one of the greatest poker comebacks ever. Now, almost two decades after Ungar won his historic third world championship, PokerListings.com spoke to Ungar's friends and peers in a new short poker documentary. Featuring Mike Sexton, Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth, Nolan Dalla, TJ Cloutier, Andy Black and Scotty Nguyen, Last Chance Gone Wrong tells the story of Ungar's biggest and final score. When the WSOP began in 1970 Ungar was already considered the best gin player in the world but it wasn't until ten years later he would cement his legendary status as a poker player. In 1980 and '81 Ungar won back-to-back WSOP Main Events and continued to rack up big poker wins throughout the 1980s. But as Ungar reached the end of the 80s his life went downhill. He was rocked by personal tragedy and his drug abuse became more and more destructive. Ungar entered the 1990 WSOP Main Event and made the final day but overdosed the night before the final table. He was found in his hotel room unconscious and was blinded out in 9th place. Ungar continued to struggle during the 1990s but remained friends with Mike Sexton, Billy Baxter and other key players in the high-stakes gambling community. When Ungar won the 1997 WSOP Main Event and the $1 million first-place prize, his friends and family hoped it would give him an opportunity to turn his life around. In the end Ungar provided a powerful cautionary tale. His death marked the end of the old-school poker world and just a few years later Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event and sparked the poker boom. Watch the full short poker documentary to explore this story in more depth with interviews from the people who knew Stu Ungar best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    If you have a critical eye for cinema, forget it. The acting is bad, the script is full of cliches and awkward, forced dialogue. Clunky. Sometimes it was trying so hard to be grave and serious, I had to laugh my ass off.

    I am a bit of a movie snob and I had to seriously cringe through parts of it. But just because of the subject matter, I got some enjoyment out of it too.

    spot on... Imperioli was a bad cast imo
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    well worth watching for me.
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