The Music of Chance Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for The Music of Chance the Movie

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Convoluted story about a smalltime gambler (Spader) and a drifter (Patinkin) who wind up involved in a bizarre high stakes poker game with a Laurel and Hardyish pair (Durning and Grey) who live in an isolated mansion. When Spader and Patinkin lose, their debt forces them into an indentured servitude where they must construct a brick wall around their new masters' estate. Bloated with symbolism, this adaptation from cult fave novelist Auster (who has a small part), loses its eclectic significance in the translation to the big screen. Nonetheless, valiant effort by rookie director Haas.


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Available on VHS
Running time 98 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Poker, Road Trip, Contemporary Noir
Philip Haas, Belinda Haas
James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Grey, Charles Durning, M. Emmet Walsh, Samantha Mathis, Christopher Penn, Pearl Jones, Paul Auster
Bernard Zitzermann
Philip Haas
Philip Johnston
Frederick Zollo, Dylan Sellers, III Miles A. Copeland, Paul Colichman, Lindsay Law, I.R.S. Releasing, Trans Atlantic Entertainment

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