21  The movie “21” is a 2008 factual story about six M.I.T. students who got together and trained as a team to become card-counting experts. They subsequently won millions at various casinos in Las Vegas.

The film was directed by Robert Luketic and starred Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Laurence Fishburne, Liza Lapira, Kieu Chinh, Kate Bosworth, Jacob Pitts and Aaron Yoo.

The Main Story

Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) is a young, intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston. He wanted to be a doctor but could not afford the $300,000 he needed for his tuition.

One evening his Maths Professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) introduced him to a team of 5 students trained by Micky Rosa in card counting.

As Ben Campbell desperately needed to make money, he joined the team, learnt the ropes and soon joined them on weekend trips to Vegas. The team used hand signals, code talk and other techniques to give them an edge over the house.

Before long, they were starting to make thousands of Dollars from the Vegas Casinos. Ben initially only wanted to gamble long enough to make his tuition money, but soon he became greedy and started enjoying the High Roller life too much.

The Ending

Ben gets so engrossed in playing Blackjack that he neglects his tuition and doesn’t do his fair share in an Engineering competition resulting in estrangement from his friends. During his next trip to Vegas, he gets distracted and doesn’t see his signal to walk away from the table. This resulted in him losing his $200 000 earnings and Mickey being so cross that he quits the team.

Ben and 3 of the team continue to play Blackjack, which angers Mickey, so he tips off the Casino Security Boss resulting in Ben getting beaten up and warned not to return.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City  Atlantic City is a 1980 gambling-related movie directed by Louis Malle, A French Director. The Actors and Actresses are Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Robert Joy, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, Al Waxman and Hollis Mclaren.

Atlantic City has a magnetic storyline; it’s a part crime thriller, part fairy-tale and part love story set in the time when gambling became legal in Atlantic City. This gambling movie was nominated for five Academy Awards.

The Main Story

Atlantic City features Susan Sarandon and Burt Lancaster as the main characters in this bittersweet and reflective romantic movie. Sally Matthews (Susan Sarandon) leaves Canada and relocates to Atlantic City aspiring to have a thriving gambling industry career as a blackjack dealer. Her first problem is that she has her gangster husband on the trail with her sister, which he has impregnated. It appears no matter what she does; she cannot escape from trouble until she meets an ageing mobster (Burt Lancaster) who becomes her unlikely saviour.

When Lou (Burt Lancaster) gets involved with Sally, he finally finds a way to achieve the success he has always craved by selling cocaine for her estranged husband and places their lives in danger. However, as Lou sells the first batch of cocaine, Dave is killed by the mobsters he stole the drugs from.

The Ending

Lou continues to sell the remaining cocaine. Sally is fired from the casino when they discover her late husband had a criminal record. The mobsters track them down one night, t but Lou has a gun on him, and lands up shooting and killing them. Sally and Lou then steal the mobsters car and leave the city.

The following morning Sally leaves the motel, takes the car and half the remaining money and Lou watches her go.

He then moved back to Atlantic City and sold the remaining cocaine.

Hard Eight

Hard Eight  Hard Eight is a 1996 American Crime movie directed by Paul Anderson. The film’s main stars are Philip Baker Hall, John Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L Jackson and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The original title of the film was initially called “Sydney” the name of the main character.

An unsuccessful gambler is befriended by a professional conman who offers to teach him the tricks of the trade. He accepts – but a romance with a waitress threatens his new life.

The Main Story

Sydney, ( Phillip Hall ) is a hardened gambler who finds a miserable young man, John ( John Reilly ), sitting outside a diner in Vegas. He buys him coffee and learns that John needs $6,000 to pay for his mother’s funeral. He offers to teach John how to gamble.

John becomes Sydney’s protégé and is treated as a Son. John befriends a chap called Jimmy who is attracted to Clementine, a cocktail waitress and Part-time Prostitute.

Sydney meets Clementine and tries to connect John and Clementine who land up impulsively getting married. Soon after the marriage, Sydney receives a frantic phone call and goes to a motel where he finds John and Clementine holding a tourist hostage. The tourist was a client of Clementine who had sold herself to the tourist for sex. The tourist refused to pay, so John and Clementine beat him up and then phone Sydney.

Sydney tells them to go on their honeymoon while he removes the evidence from the motel room.

The tourist recovers and tracks Sydney down at the diner, shooting him three times before leaving to find John and Clementine.

The Ending

After the shooting, the audience assumes Sydney is dead, but it ends with the scene of him walking into the diner and covering a bloodstain with his shirt cuff.