Synopsis: James Spader’s post-Brat Pack, pre-Stargate career hits the...um...wall.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “While travelling down a deserted road, Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin) stops to help a bruised, bloodied man. The injured stranger, professional gambler Jack Pozzi (James Spader), soon convinces Nashe to risk his dwindling savings on Pozzi’s next game - a sure win against two wealthy amateurs.”
What Did I Learn?: If there’s even a chance you could lose both your money and your car, and then wind up in some sort of weird, debt-repayment slavery doing physically demanding, manual labour – don’t play cards! Don’t do it!
You Might Like This Movie If: You think an expanded version of this video would make an excellent second-half of a movie that had been about gambling drifters.
Really?: Oh wow...where do I begin? For starters, nobody would pick up a bruised and bloody man from the side of the road, let along front him for ten grand in a poker match.
Rating: The Music of Chance is one seriously weird movie. The plot is quite implausible at numerous points, but it’s obvious somebody was going for a semi-surreal, character-driven drama. The movie strangely works, even if the third act is rather depressing. Spader and Patinkin enjoy some good chemistry as a couple of very different men who have been thrown together under unusual circumstances, while Charles Durning is great as one of two rather creepy older men. “Mornin’, Boys!” 7.5/10 stars.