Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems 2019 is an American crime thriller film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian.
Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a Jewish jeweler and gambling addict in New York City’s Diamond District, who must retrieve an expensive gem he purchased to pay off his debts. Filming took place from September to November 2018. The original score was composed by Daniel Lopatin.
In 2010, Ethiopian Jewish miners retrieve a rare black opal from the Welo mine in Africa. In 2012, gambling addict Howard Ratner runs a jewelry store in New York’s Diamond District.
He struggles to pay off gambling debts, including the $100,000 he owes to his loan shark brother-in-law Arno. His domestic life is split between his estranged wife Dinah, who has agreed to divorce him after Passover, and his mistress Julia, who works at his store.
Basketball player Kevin Garnett visits the shop. Howard has ordered the Ethiopian opal and plans to auction it for an estimated price of $1,000,000. He shows the opal to Garnett, who becomes obsessed with it, insisting on holding onto it for good luck at his game that night.
Howard reluctantly agrees, accepting Garnett’s NBA championship ring as collateral.
Howard pawns the ring and places a bet on Garnett playing extraordinarily well in that night’s game.
- Genres : Crime, Drama, Thriller,
- Country : USA
- Language : English | Hebrew
- Runtime : 135 min