The Winner (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  25 July 1997 (USA)
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When it is discovered that a man is having luck in the casinos in Las Vegas, people start attempting to take his money.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Luis Contreras ...
Guy in Couple
Ed Pansullo ...
Man with Broken Arm
Philip's Father
Roger Jennings ...


A story about a man who can't seem to do anything but win at the tables in Vegas. This, of course, brings hustlers out of the woodwork intent on using him for financial gain. One of them is the man's brother who, incidentally, is trying to find who it was that killed their father, while still another is a woman who has schemes of her own. Couple all of this with drug kingpins and general thugs and you have a comedy with a fresh twist on surviving in Vegas. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, along with some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ganador  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,293 (USA) (22 January 1999)


$5,508 (USA) (22 January 1999)

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4:3 Full Frame
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Did You Know?


Alex Cox disowned the version of the film that was released as it had been re-edited without his consent. See more »


Louise's Sad Story
Composed and Performed by Kieran Mulroney
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Was Hoping for So Much More

This film had quite a bit going for it. Interesting premise... Alex Cox directing, Michael Madsen, Rebecca DeMournay, starring, Las Vegas setting..but,alas, it wasn't meant to be. I was bored throughout this film. I kept hoping that it would pick up. It just didn't! Must have looked good on paper, sure didn't on screen.

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