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Two for the Money
Directed by D. J. Caruso
Produced by Jay Cohen,
Guy McElwaine
Written by Dan Gilroy
Starring Matthew McConaughey
Al Pacino
Rene Russo
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 7, 2005
Running time 122 minutes
Language English
Budget $20,000,000

Two for the Money is a 2005 film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, and Rene Russo. The movie is about the world of sports gambling.



Brandon Lang (McConaughey), a former college football star who, after sustaining a career-ending injury, takes a job handicapping football games. His success at choosing winners catches the eye of Walter Abrams (Pacino), the slick head of one of the biggest sports consulting operations in the United States. Walter takes Brandon under his wing, and soon they are making tremendous amounts of money.

Initially, business is very good and Lang's in-depth knowledge of the game, leagues and players continues to bring in big winnings and bigger clients. Abrams' cable show, The Sports Advisors, skyrockets in popularity when he adds Lang's "John Anthony" persona to the desk. When things go south and Lang loses his touch, the once-solid relationship between Lang and Abrams sours; their fondness for football turns into a bitter fighting match for love and money.

Lang's new high-rolling lifestyle depended entirely on his ability to predict the outcomes of the games. When he begins to falter, Abrams applies the pressure. With millions at stake, Lang and Abrams battle, drawing in everyone in their world, including Abrams' wife, Toni (Russo).





Release, Reception, and a Sequel

Bodog (an online sports betting firm) sponsored the world premiere of Two for the Money in Beverly Hills, California on September 26, 2005. The film itself was released on October 8, 2005 to generally bad reviews and lackluster box office returns. It scored only 20% overall rating at Rotten Tomatoes (18% for "cream of the crop"). Two for the Money's North American receipts came to only $22.9 million (and $30.5M worldwide) against a production budget of $35 million.

Rumors have begun to surface that Universal is in talks with Caruso and some of the key actors about a sequel. The sequel, tentativley titled Three for the Money, would take place a few years after the first film, with Lang enjoying success as a prominent football coach until Abrams comes back into his life in desperate need of one last score.

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