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DOWN & DIRTY:
Drama: After his friend's release from prison, a young man must decide whether to continue with his new life as a law school student, or get back into the world of high stakes poker.

NITTY GRITTY:
Mike McDermott (MATT DAMON) is a former card shark turned law school student. After losing his entire savings to Teddy KGB (JOHN MALKOVICH), a tough Russian player, Mike has given up the cards for a better life that includes live-in girlfriend and fellow law student, Jo (GRETCHEN MOL).

Things change when Mike picks up his buddy, Les "Worm" Murphy (EDWARD NORTON), who has just been released from prison. Still in debt for his gambling losses, Worm wants to use the poker skills he honed in prison and urges Mike to return as his partner.

Mike is tempted, but remembers his promise to Jo that he'd given up the game. Also, he doesn't want to ruin a promising law career being helped along by his law school dean, professor Petrovsky (MARTIN LANDAU).

Mike is dragged back into the game when Petra (FAMKE JANSSEN) tells him that Worm has wracked up several thousand dollars debt on Mike's credit. The news gets worse when both Mike and Worm learn that the debt has been assumed by Teddy KGB.

With just a few days to pay back Worm's $15,000 debt or face the wrath of Grama (MICHAEL RISPOLI), Mike takes on the risky and dangerous task of clearing his friend's debt.

THE ENDING:
Mike goes to his law professor Petrovsky and explains his situation. Petrovsky gives him $10,000, but it's not enough to pay the debt. Mike takes the money and plays Teddy KGB in a game of winner take all. Mike figures out Teddy's 'tell' is eating the Oreo cookies and beats Teddy and pays off Worm's debt.

Then he takes the remaining money and heads to Las Vegas to take his chances in the World Series of Poker.

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
John Malkovich's Teddy KGB. Was that supposed to be a Russian accent? Have another Oreo cookie.


 
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