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Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 July 2000 (USA)
An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Paul Mayersberg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Jack Manfred
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Giles Cremorne
Nicholas Ball ... Jack Snr.
Alexander Morton ... David Reynolds
Barnaby Kay ... Car Dealer
Gina McKee ... Marion Nell
John Radcliffe John Radcliffe ... Barber
Sheila Whitfield Sheila Whitfield ... Manicurist
David Hamilton David Hamilton ... Casino Supervisor
Carol Davis Carol Davis ... Table Supervisor
Eddie Osei Eddie Osei ... West Indian Punter
Doremy Vernon Doremy Vernon ... Woman I
Claudine Carter Claudine Carter ... Woman II
Ursula Alberts Ursula Alberts ... Madame Claude
Neville Phillips ... White Haired Man
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Storyline

Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer going nowhere fast. To make ends meet, and against his better judgement, he takes a job as a croupier. He finds himself drawn into the casino world and the job gradually takes over his life; his relationship with girlfriend Marion begins to deteriorate. One gambler in particular catches his attention: Jani, whom he starts to see outside of working hours - a serious violation of casino rules. Jani is down on her luck; under pressure from her creditors she approaches Jack, asking him to be the inside man for a planned heist at the casino. Jack carefully considers the odds; it all looks so simple, but even a professional like Jack can't predict the cards he will be dealt. Written by Anonymous

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Life's a Gamble See more »

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Ireland | UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,472, 23 April 2000

Gross USA:

$6,201,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,120,568
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Disqualified from the Academy Awards after being shown on Dutch television. See more »

Goofs

When Jack has a job interview at the London casino his father recommends him for, the manager (Mr. Reynolds) at one stage asks him the current count at the Blackjack table. Jack insists it is -9, the manager insists it is -8 to which Jack confides smugly to himself "It had taken him 45 minutes but Jack now had Mr. Reynolds number. The man couldn't count." Neither Jack or Mr. Reynolds can count. The count is actually at +2. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: [self reflection] Now he had become the still center of that spinning wheel of misfortune. The world turned 'round him leaving him miraculously untouched. The croupier had reached his goal. He no longer heard the sound of the ball.
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This guy knows his stuff!
20 April 2003 | by filthyphilSee all my reviews

I was a croupier myself for the best part of 15 years and I expected to see the usual depiction of a casino. You know the scene - think of any Bond movie - the Roulette wheel spins so fast that you can't see the numbers, the dealers all have sticks and speak in French accents, the bets are all placed before the ball is spun and all straight up on the number.

Not so this movie. Anyone that has ever been inside a real casino would

recognise this place. The urgency of every punter trying to get the last bet on before the ball drops, the cheats, the sad, sad losers that wait forever to place their last chips.

This is the most realistic depiction of a casino I have ever seen.

Clive Owen is perfect. He has obviously had a lot of training - only one criticism of his technique - he looks in the wheel as the ball is dropping - a good dealer looks at the layout and watches for late bets, he should be the last person to know which number has come up - he must have eyes in the back of his head to

spot a cheat the way he deals!

For realism, you can't fault this film - every character, even the peripheral extras are real and believable - it's a tour de force of perfect character sketches - the plot is almost irrelevant - in fact, it is not quite up to the incredible atmosphere created - but it's good enough, the film is well worth your time. Hell, it's worth watching 2 or 3 times just to catch all of the great little cameos that you might have missed the first time

9 out of 10


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