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Movies and blackjack

In this article, we will introduce you to several movies that take place in the world of Blackjack - the card game that is so popular in the domain of casinos, both online and offline.

Las Vegas 21

Reaching French theaters on April 16, 2008, this film was directed by Robert Luketic and acted by, notably, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, and Laurence Fishburne. It is the movie adaptation of the best seller Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich, which sold more than 1.5 million copies. It follows the true story of a group of students, card counting experts, who made up the famous MIT Blackjack team.

Rain Man

Reaching French screens on March 15, 1989, this movie was directed by Barry Levinson and acted by Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, and Valeria Golino. It tells the story of a stressed-out businessman who, when his father dies, discovers that he has an autistic brother who has been hospitalized in a psychiatric institution. The movie centers on the meeting of the two brothers, who have nothing in common. At first glance, this movie has nothing to do with Blackjack. However, a key scene takes place in a Las Vegas Strip casino. In short, the autistic man reveals himself to be very gifted with numbers. His brother then decides to use him for Blackjack card counting.

Once a thief (Zong heng si hai)

Unreleased in French theaters, this 1991 film from Hong Kong was directed by John Woo and included actors Leslie Cheung, Chow Yun Fat, and Chu Kong. It narrates the story of two brothers who grew up with a local mob boss. Wanting to leave this life behind, they join a secret network engaged in the fight against organized crime. Soon they must neutralize a Chinese mob boss who is none other than their half-brother.


This 1998 film was also directed by John Woo and acted by Dolph Lundgren, Kate Vernon, and Phillip MacKenzie. It tells the story of a former US Marshal turned bodyguard, Jack Devlin, who is accustomed to tense situations. When he agrees to protect a mannequin, he engages in a heart-pounding duel against a psychopathic killer that is played out in a hellish casino setting.