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Uncut Gems (2019)

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With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mesfin Lamengo Mesfin Lamengo ... Wounded Miner
Sun Zhi Hua-Hilton Sun Zhi Hua-Hilton ... Mine Foreman
Liang Wei-Hui-Duncan Liang Wei-Hui-Duncan ... Mine Management 1
Sunny Wu Jin Zahao Sunny Wu Jin Zahao ... Mine Management 2
Deneke Muhugeta Deneke Muhugeta ... Lead Miner 1
Habtunu Africho Habtunu Africho ... Lead Miner 2
Warren Finkelstein Warren Finkelstein ... Dr. Blauman
Adam Sandler ... Howard Ratner
Keith William Richards ... Phil
Tommy Kominik Tommy Kominik ... Nico
LaKeith Stanfield ... Demany
Maksud Agadjani Maksud Agadjani ... Yussi
Ca$h Out Ca$h Out ... Ca$h Out
Andrea Linsky Andrea Linsky ... Joani
Roman Persits Roman Persits ... Roman
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Storyline

Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a once successful New York gems dealer whose gambling addiction has left his family and career in shambles, and him hundreds of thousands in debt. Always looking for the next big bet, Howard thinks he finally hit it big when he discovers a rare uncut rock of Ethiopian gems, with a very interested high-profile buyer. But the closer Howard gets to finally winning big, the more he is forced to realize he can't keep running from the consequences of his actions.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Safdie brothers were so insistent on shooting on 35mm film that they actually took a pay cut. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 2012, but the helicopter that Julia takes to make the bet at Mohegan Sun is a BLADE helicopter; the company wasn't founded until 2014. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Ratner: Who's the girl livin' in your apartment?
Howard Ratner: What'd you say?
Eddie Ratner: Yeah! That guy told me there's some hot chick livin' in your apartment. Who is that - Mom?
Howard Ratner: What are you doin' talkin' to that cokehead?
Eddie Ratner: He was talkin'!...
Howard Ratner: I told you to go in there and take a shit! That was it! Get on the elevator! Enough already.
[short pause]
Howard Ratner: Don't... Don't talk about that to anybody.
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: A Good Cup of Toons (2020) See more »

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The Stranger
Written and Performed by Billy Joel
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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"You're the most annoying person I've ever known"
28 December 2019 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

They should hand out high-grade blood pressure meds to people going to see this after it ends. The major strength and in a way the slight weakness of Uncut Gems is how laser-focused the Safdies are in conveying total anxiety, stress and mania through this extreme act of full cinema SOUND (levels of acting and over-lapping dialog, that Vangelis-Blade-Runner-on-Steroids/Crystal Meth score, some of the cinematography and the tracking of the camera).

I do wish there was a little more than just flourishes of relief, though I'd be lying if I said Sandler was anything but exceptional and riveting playing degenerate crumbling right before our eyes. While Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Kevin Garnett and many others here are natural solid, it's Sandler's show, and it's soulful and tense and harrowing and ultimately (as terrible as Howard can be) tragic. The filmmakers's greatest achievement from the looks of this and Good Time is finding star-actors who aren't known for their wide range and getting career-triumph work from them. If the movie isn't all that complex, I do think Howard is and that helps make this pretty special as a depiction of addiction, more than anything else. It's got grit and style to burn, which is mostly fine by me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$537,242, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$50,023,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,023,780
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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