Year / Countries: 2007 / USA
Budget: $3 500 000
Directors: Zak Penn
Cast: Woody Harrelson (One Eyed Jack Faro), David Cross (Larry Schwartzman), Dennis Farina (LBJ 'Deuce' Fairbanks), Cheryl Hines (Lainie Schwartzman), Richard Kind (Andy Andrews), Chris Parnell (Harold Melvin), Werner Herzog (The German), Jason Alexander (Dr. Yakov Achmed)
Film «The Grand» was released in 2007. It is a comic pseudo-documentary movie about poker players’ live.
In the center of the plot, there are several very different players with different lifestyles and poker game patterns: a love lace Jack; Harold who is living with his mother; a complex person Larry; an amateur Andy; a professional player Lainie who left her husband to take care of household; a poker legend Fairbanks called "Deuce" and a formidable German who has an alarming secret. Each character in a certain way parodies players’ game styles that can be faced almost in every large tournament but in the film, their most expressed traits are exaggerated for a greater effect.
The aforementioned poker players along with other episodic characters of the film all play in the same tournament, the prize pool of which is $10 000 000. This event is organized by the casino owner Jack who got it from his grandfather. However, he may lose the casino because of the debts. In such a way, he is going to regain the former glory to casino as well as wants to take part in the tournament in order to win money to pay off the debts. But he is not the only one who wants to win the money...
Lovers of serious cinema may not like the film, but if you are looking for a light comedy with famous American humor, then watch «The Grand» - you will not be disappointed.
Interesting facts about the film:
- A lot of well-known poker professionals, including Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and others starred in this poker film.
- The tagline of the film describes «The Grand» as: «A comedy about the fine art of losing».