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Sunday, May 13, 2007

GREENLIGHT #136: Lucky You (with "The Hustler" and "The Cincinnati Kid")

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Ann and Les think the title of this movie, Lucky You (2007) refers to anyone who hasn't seen it. They can't imagine what attracted any actor to this boring story about a guy trying to win the World Series of Poker. Eric Bana plays the lead role. He's got the boring part down. Drew Barrymore plays the love interest and they think she's the perfect match for him. Ann and Les wonder why the talented director Curtis Hanson would waste his considerable talents and those of Robert Downey Jr.,Debra Messing, Robert Duvall and Jean Smart on this film. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a great film about a pool-shark called The Hustler (1961.) In this film, Paul Newman shines as a two-bit pool player who has dreams of the big time and finally gets his chance to play Minnesota Fats, (played magnifcently by Jackie Gleason,) with the help of a slimy manager played by George C. Scott. Ann recommends a film in which Steve McQueen showed us just how cool he really is. He played an up-and-coming poker-player getting his chance to play a long-time master played by Edward G. Robinson though he has to deal with some unwanted help from a dealer played by Karl Malden. The film is Norman Jewison's The Cincinnati Kid (1965.)

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