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21 (2008)


Crime, Drama, History |

21 is a American heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic and starring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Aaron Yoo, and Kieu Chinh. The film is inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Bringing Down the House, the best-selling book by Ben Mezrich. Despite its largely mixed reviews and controversy over the film’s casting choices, 21 was a box office success, and was the number one film in the United States and Canada during its first and second weekends of release.

Ben Campbell, a mathematics major at MIT, is accepted into Harvard Medical School but cannot afford the $300,000 tuition. He applies for the prestigious Robinson Scholarship which would cover the entire cost. However, despite having an MCAT score of 44 and high grades, he faces fierce competition, and is told by the director that the scholarship will only go to whichever student dazzles him.

Back at MIT, a professor, Micky Rosa challenges Ben with the Monty Hall Problem which he solves successfully. After looking at Ben’s 97% score on his latest non-linear equations test, Micky invites Ben to join his blackjack team, which consists of fellow students Choi, Fisher, Jill, and Kianna. Using card counting and covert signalling, they are able to increase their probability of winning while at casinos, leading them to earn substantial profits. Over many weekends, the team is flown to Las Vegas and Ben comes to enjoy his luxurious lifestyle as a so-called big player. The team is impressed by Ben’s skill, but Fisher becomes jealous and fights him while drunk, leading Micky to expel him. Meanwhile, the head of security, Cole Williams, has been monitoring the team and begins to turn his attention to Ben.

Director: Robert Luketic

Writers: Peter Steinfeld (screenplay), Allan Loeb (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)

Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Aaron Yoo


Jim SturgessBen
Kevin SpaceyMicky Rosa
Kate BosworthJill
Aaron YooChoi
Liza LapiraKianna
Jacob PittsFisher
Laurence FishburneCole Williams
Jack McGeeTerry
Josh GadMiles
Sam GolzariCam
Helen CareyEllen Campbell
Jack GilpinBob Phillips
Donna LowsPlanet Hollywood Dealer
Butch WilliamsPlanet Hollywood Dealer
Ben CampbellPlanet Hollywood Dealer Jeff (as Jeffrey Ma)
Frank Patton IIIPlanet Hollywood Floor Manager (as Frank Patton)
Steven Richard VezinaRed Rock Dealer
Chaska T. WernerRed Rock Dealer
Kyle MorrisRed Rock Dealer (as Kyle D. Morris)
Ernell ManabatRed Rock Doorman
Frank DeAngeloRed Rock Host (as Frankie De Angelo)
Marcus WeissRed Rock Valet
Anthony DiMariaHard Rock Doorman
Christopher Michael HolleyPhilosophical Gambler (as Christopher Holley)
Scott BeringerBig Shot
Terasa LivingstoneRussian’s Girlfriend
Jeffrey J. DashnawRussian Mafioso (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Colin AngleProfessor Hanes
Supriya ChakrabartiProfessor
Bradley ThoennesWarren
Kieu ChinhChinese Woman (as Kieu-Chinh)
Alice LoChinese Woman
Sally LeviChemistry Review Girl (as Sally Livingston)
Henry HouhChinatown Dealer
Frank ChenChinatown Host
Spencer GarrettStemple
Celeste OlivaAirport Screener
Tom McGowanHusband
Ruby HondrosWife
Christian MelloDrunk Dude
Gregory SeymoreDrunk Dude (as Greg Seymore)
Joey AlianoClub Goer
Jason AmherstMIT Student
Shaun AponikHarvard Medical Student
Dale F. AppelWeary Airport Traveler
Razmig ArabianDiner Patron
Finise AveryStudent
Ellen Becker-GrayMother at Robotics Competition
Fethi BendidaStudent
Chad BoldiniStudent
Eric Bruno BorgmanStrip Club Patron
Patrick CantyRobotics Guest
Fritz CerialesMIT Student
Nicole ChauvetUpscale Gambler
Chemi Che-MpondaHotel Maid
Sean CollinsMR Tillman Shopper
Desiree April ConnollyPatron at Doyle’s Bar
Jeffrey CorazziniNightclub Patron
Michael CoryerGambler
Katie CurleyAudience Member Robotics Competition
Ramses del HierroCole Thug
Kevin DeonSecurity Guard
Sal DiMinoTrain Passenger #1
Will DraganBar Patron
Frank DurantStudent
Asia M. EvansStudent
Ben FisherBasketball Player
Paige FlanneryMile’s Sister
Keith FlukerCard Shark
Steve FlynnGambler
Thomas Michael FlynnMIT Student
Tom GilliganGucci Salesman
Trudi GoodmanAirport Traveler
Harley HarrisonMIT Student
Mary Ann HebinckCasino Patron
Ty IzquierdoCasino Patron
Seba JohnsonAirport Attendant
Christopher JudeBlackjack Dealer
Jeff KampsTrain Commuter
Spencer KaydenMrs. Hankins
Lyralen KayeCollege Mom
Lee KerrWaiter
Lynn L’HeureuxBar Patron
Crystal LisbonStudent
Christopher J. LongChina Town Crowd
Yulia Lilith MaceoHigh-Roller
Rebecca MarshallHot Girl
David L. MarstonCasino Security Team
Robert MasielloPedestrian
Alexandra McDougallStudent
Paul McGillicuddyRestaurant Patron
Andrew J McGuinnessCollege Student
Josh MervisMIT Student
Ron MurphyMaintenance Man
Chris PalermoStrip Club Patron
Giovanni PantaleoRobotics Guest
Bob PepperCraps Dealer
Americo PresciuttiCroupier
Eric RollinsM.I.T. Student
Robert SabinoSecurity Guard

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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