Shade (2003)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Release Date - Apr 9, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Shade, the first feature film from real-life card shark Damian Nieman, who wrote and directed the picture, stars Gabriel Byrne and Thandie Newton as a duo of con artists looking to beat the "Dean" (Sylvester Stallone), a legendary card shark, in a high-stakes poker game. Their first step is hiring two fellow tricksters -- Jamie Foxx and Stuart Townsend -- to provide the smooth talking and to procure the necessary funds. Unfortunately, Larry (Foxx) blows his hand and finds himself with 85,000 dollars worth of debt owed to a local crime boss. Shade premiered at the 2003 CineVegas film festival and also features Dina Merrill and Melanie Griffith.

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cardsharp, con/scam, con-artist, gambling, high-stakes, poker, revenge