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Next (2007)
Synopsis: Blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see events minutes before they occur, Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) earns a living as a magician in Las Vegas and keeps a low profile under an alias. When terrorists threaten to detonate a nuclear weapon in Las Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) goes on the hunt for Cris and hopes to convince him to help her stop the coming apocalypse.

CRIS (V.O.)

It’s got something to do with

quantum physics.

Cris 2 reaches the gaming tables and merges with Cris 1.

Cris (V.O.)

That’s why I stay away from

roulette and craps. It only takes a

millionth of an ounce to change a

roll. Just placing a different bet

can throw things off.

A roulette ball skitters indecisively between two grooves

before settling into one of them.

CRIS (v.O.)

I’ve got other rules, too. I don’t

play against people, like at poker.

Only against the house.

Slot machines. Horse racing. Sports games.

CRIS (v.o.)

And my goal isn’t to win big. At

least not any more. The idea is to

go unnoticed so I can keep coming

back to the trough.

He passes the MILLION DOLLAR SLOT. Stops, like it’s calling

out to him.

5.

CRIS (v.o.)

So no jackpots. No longshots. No

big bets except when I want ‘em to

see me lose.

Cris notices a DESPERATE GAMBLER on the verge of tears.

Clearly, he’s dropped a bundle. Cris approaches him and

points to the MILLION DOLLAR SLOT.

CRIS:

Try that one, man. I’ve got a

feeling.

Gambler

(suspicious)

Then you play it.

CRIS:

Against my religion.

Cris offers the guy a handful of silver dollars.

CRIS:

Do it, quick, before somebody else

gets there.

While the Gambler dawdles, a MIDWESTERN DOWAGER plants

herself at the MEGA-SLOT and starts feeding it dollars.

Cris sighs and walks off.

The Gambler watches him go, then reacts to BELLS, FLASHING

LIGHTS, and SHRIEKS OF CELEBRATION. The Dowager has hit the

MEGA-JACKPOT.

Blackjack section

Cris takes a stool at a crowded table.

CRIS (V.O.)

Mainly I stick to blackjack. Boring

but controllable.

Cris antes up. Cards are dealt. He’s got a four showing.

Taking a hit, he goes bust with a jack. So in real time, he

sticks.

CRIS (V.O.)

And safe unless they think you’re

counting.

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Gary Goldman

Gary Wayne Goldman is an American film producer, director, animator, writer and voice actor, he is well known for working on films with Don Bluth such as Anastasia, An American Tail, and The Land Before Time. more…

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