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Big Screen, High Stakes

A new film by Curtis Hanson strives to meticulously re-create the halcyon days of poker in 2003 and present a character study on human relationships
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
William Shatner, Sept/Oct 2006

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In the end, Curtis Hanson has directed a poker movie that attempts to tell a human, emotional story while capturing a transformative moment in the game. If early reports, hard work and good intentions are worth anything, this will be a genre-defining movie that depicts the poker world from a fresh angle and is entertaining to watch. The project has certainly impacted a number of people involved in its production: at the completion of filming, crew members were playing poker games of their own and buying into low-stakes tournaments.

Lucky You is the talk of Vegas's high-stakes poker circles, and cash-game pro Hennigan seems fascinated with the potential prospect of a new sideline. "I actually might take acting lessons," he says, smiling tightly. "Just in case."

Michael Kaplan is a contributing editor to Cigar Aficionado.

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