The Card Counter | 2021

Directed by: Paul Schrader

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Main Plot

Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader's THE CARD COUNTER. Told with Schrader's trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his p...


  • Oscar Isaac's character in The Card Counter is a skilled gambler seeking redemption while mentoring a young protege.
  • Tiffany Haddish's character plays a pivotal role as a financial backer and love interest to the protagonist.
  • Tye Sheridan's character serves as a catalyst for the protagonist's redemption and plays a significant role in the plot.


In the final moments of The Card Counter, William Tillich, a skilled gambler haunted by his past, confronts his former military interrogator, Major John Gordo, seeking redemption for the war crimes they committed. Gordo confesses his guilt and attempts to reconcile, but Tillich ultimately seeks justice by killing him. Tillich then turns himself in to the authorities, accepting the consequences of his actions. As the film concludes, Tillich finds solace in a prison cell, finding a way to finally free himself from his tortured past.

Paul Schrader