Watch High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story
- 1 hr 50 min
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story is a biopic concerning American poker player Stu Unger. The film was written and directed by A. W. Vidmer. Featuring Michael Imperioli, the movie also includes Renee Faia, Michael Nouri, Michael Pasternak, Pat Morita, Vincent Van Patten and Cynthia Brimhall. In addition, the movie includes cameo appearances from professionals from poker and sports, such as Al Bernstein and Andy Glazer. The story follows Stu “The Kid” Ungar (played by Michael Imperioli), an extraordinary card player. He mastered the game through his ability to read people, which ultimately made him into a legendary gambler. The story uses flashbacks, beginning with Ungar relating his life story in a motel room during his last night alive. He tells a stranger (played by Michael Pasternak) all about growing up as a bookie’s son, his tournament gin-playing career that moved into poker, his marriage, and his daughter Stefanie. He also discusses his cocaine abuse and the resultant breakup of his marriage. Stuey’s father allowed him to mingle with notorious mobsters from a very early age. When Vincent, a mobster (played by Michael Nouri), noticed his card playing ability, he took Stuey under his wing. Stuey also tries his luck at horse-race gambling but does not fare well. As a result, he racks up a huge race-track debt. Vincent refuses to help him out and insists that Stuey instead get to Vegas to participate in a rummy tournament. After doing so, Stuey wins over enough to pay off his deb. Stuey becomes enamored of and addicted to the Vegas casino scene and winds up winning the World Series Poker Championship two times. He also becomes addicted to alcohol and cocaine, which destroy his life. The film ends after Stuey’s final victory at the World Series of Poker one year before his death. Finally, Ungar leaves the motel room with the stranger who appears to be The Grim Reaper.