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Call number: DVD Drama Twenty

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Based on the book: Bring down the house: the inside story of six M.I.T. students who took Vegas for millions / by Ben Mezrich.

Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey.

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent student at M.I.T. Wanting to transfer to the Harvard School of Medicine, he learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the tuition. Then Ben is introduced into a small but secretive club by his math professor, Micky Rosa. The club has four other students: Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Jimmy; and they are being trained by Mickey in the skill of blackjack card counting. Intriged by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using the skills of code talk and hand signals, Ben makes hundreds of thousands of dollars winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben wants to make only enough money for his tuition and then to back out of the group. Ben's greed and arrogance put Micky, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer named Cole Williams. Cole holds a personal grudge against Micky which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned.

DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital.

Contents: Bringing down the house.

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I haven't read the book and I liked the movie. The concept was interesting and the ending was just fine for me.

book better


read the book instead

This movie is based on the book "Bringing Down the House" by Ben Mezrich and is the true story of a group of MIT students and alumni who go to Las Vegas and play (and win at) blackjack as a team to make money for their "sponsors". The movie changes the story (and the ending) and does a discredit to the book. I highly recommend reading the book instead.

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