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The Winner -- A naive gambler (D'Onofrio) on an uncanny winning streak attracts the attention of a calculating casino owner (Lindo), a sexy showgirl (DeMornay) and a trio of low life hustlers (led by Whaley), who each have their own greedy plans for the walking jackpot. But his luck may be short-lived.


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25 July 1997 (USA) See more »
When it is discovered that a man is having luck in the casinos in Las Vegas, people start attempting to take his money. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rebecca De Mornay ... Louise (as Rebecca DeMornay)

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Philip

Richard Edson ... Frankie

Saverio Guerra ... Paulie

Delroy Lindo ... Kingman

Michael Madsen ... Wolf

Billy Bob Thornton ... Jack

Frank Whaley ... Joey
Luis Contreras ... Guy in Couple
Ed Pansullo ... Man with Broken Arm

Sy Richardson ... Bartender

Craig Vincent ... Man

Biff Yeager ... Philip's Father

Del Zamora ... Cellmate
Roger Jennings ... Croupier
Alex Cox ... Gaston

Directed by
Alex Cox 
Writing credits
Wendy Riss (screenplay)

Wendy Riss (play "A Darker Purpose")

Produced by
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Rebecca De Mornay .... executive producer
Lorenzo O'Brien .... line producer
Andrew Pfeffer .... co-executive producer
Wendy Riss .... co-producer
Jeremiah Samuels .... co-producer
Ken Schwenker .... producer
Darryl M. Silver .... line producer
Dara Weintraub .... line producer
Original Music by
Daniel Licht 
Cinematography by
Denis Maloney 
Film Editing by
Carlos Puente 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Cecilia Montiel 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
Makeup Department
Lana Chirco .... key hair stylist
Desne J. Holland .... makeup department head
Tracey Levy .... assistant makeup artist
Diana Ragland .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Michael R. Cannata .... post-production supervisor
Debbie Diaz .... unit production manager: pickup unit
John O'Connor .... post-production supervisor
Dara Weintraub .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tia Ardran .... second assistant director
Lisa Demaine .... first assistant director (as Lisa Campbell)
Fred Mandel .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Julian Andraus .... art department production assistant
Luc Bamberger .... art department intern
Jason Bean .... art swing gang
Chris Carriveau .... lead person
Kenneth Carriveau .... art swing gang (as Ken Carriveau)
Kenneth Carriveau .... set dresser (as Ken Carriveau)
Beto Casillas .... art department intern
Lester Coleman Jr. .... additional property assistant: Las Vegas
Fabio Fernandez .... assistant property master
Felipe Fernández del Paso .... consulting art designer (as Felipe Fernández)
Christine Gebele .... assistant art director
Melissa Hale .... art department coordinator
Jennie Harris .... assistant set decorator
David Kushner .... on-set dresser
Paul Meraz .... set designer
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master
Keith Wood .... assistant property master
Sound Department
John Bates .... cable person: Las Vegas
Gloria Cooper .... boom operator
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean England .... digital sound transferer
Eric Flickinger .... sound re-recording assistant
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transfers
Marni L. Hammett .... digital transfer supervisor
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Kini Kay .... dialogue editor
Kini Kaye .... dialogue editor
Kini Kaye .... sound effects editor
Gerry Lentz .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Long .... background sound editor
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... additional boom operator
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Tony Sereno .... sound mix technician
Christopher Sheldon .... adr supervisor
Christopher Sheldon .... sound effects supervisor
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Susan Sheldon .... foley assistant
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
David E. Turner .... machine room operator
Mark Ulano .... sound mixer
Randy Vandegrift .... sound effects editor
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist
Alan Wolovich .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects (as Tommy Bellisimo)
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator
Christy Sumner .... special effects
Shannon J. Thompson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
John Ashker .... stunts
Gil Boccaccio .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Moore Brian .... stunts (as Brian Joseph Moore)
Eliza Coleman .... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Casey O'Neill .... stunts
Scott Rogers .... stunts
Mike Smith .... stunts
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven A. Adelson .... Steadicam operator
Sean Antle .... best boy electric
Ken Bazal .... camera loader
Joe Broderick .... Steadicam operator
Steve Carmer .... dolly grip
Young Vance Cohen .... grip
Jason 'Jake' Cross .... grip
Debbie Davidian .... second assistant camera
Jason C. Fitzgerald .... electrician
Anthony Graham .... additional assistant camera: Las Vegas
Raymond Klein .... second assistant camera: pickup unit
Shaun Madigan .... gaffer
Denis Maloney .... camera operator
Wren Maloney .... still photographer
Jeff Mart .... Steadicam operator
Marie Pedersen .... first assistant camera: pickup unit
Jennifer Perkins .... electrician
Butch Pierson .... first assistant camera
Sean Prichard .... electrician
Greg G. Reeves .... electrician
Tom Richmond .... director of photography: pickup unit
Nancy Schreiber .... additional photographer
John Scott .... first assistant camera
Tim Soronen .... best boy grip
Rick Stribling .... key grip
Steve Titus .... grip: Las Vegas
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator (as Bob Uland)
Thomas Walker .... electrician: Las Vegas
Casting Department
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennie McKirnan .... costumer
Lynette Meyer .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Ricki Horowitz .... apprentice film editor
Alain J. Romi .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Rod Bacote .... assistant location manager
Andrew L. Ullman .... location manager
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... music arranger
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Carol Sue Baker .... music supervisor
David Bondelevitch .... music editor
Mark Kilian .... music editor
Daniel Licht .... music arranger
Larry Mah .... score mixer
Sandra Montiel .... assistant music editor
Carlos Puente .... music editor
Zander Schloss .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Guy J. Graves .... generator operator/driver
Darryl Hayes .... transportation coordinator
Buddy Hunter .... driver
Patsy Rust .... transportation co-captain
Bruce Smith .... transportation captain
John F. Teeple .... driver
Roger Wooge .... transportation
Other crew
David Abbitt .... production accountant
Andre Anderson .... production assistant
Jennifer Balgobin .... assistant: Mr. Cox
Catherine Bingue .... additional assistant production coordinator: Las Vegas
Anna Bonn .... assistant: Mr. Licht
Rory Dauson .... stand-in
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Lisa L. DeCaro .... production coordinator
David Dickter .... set production assistant
Loren Elkins .... assistant: Ms. de Mornay
Roger Edwin Ferrin .... assistant production coordinator
Larry Hoki .... projectionist
Charles Hulien .... stand-in
Patrick Hyde .... stand-in
Jean Maninger .... additional production coordinator: Los Angeles
Joe McCrackin .... assistant: Mr. Thornton
Donald McGraw .... craft service: Las Vegas
Wynne McLaughlin .... production assistant
Curtis Myer .... set production assistant
Chris Novicki .... stand-in
Jennifer Owensby .... assistant: Mr. Madsen
Tracy E. Paddock .... additional production coordinator: Las Vegas
Wendy Palmer .... set production assistant
Chad Parker .... stand-in
Katherine Pope .... stand-in
James Riley .... craft service: Las Vegas
Jamie Rotman .... assistant: Mr. Pfeffer
Deandre 'Silky' Russell .... set production assistant
Michael Scranton .... stand-in
Gary J. Sims .... second assistant accountant
Barrington Smith .... set production assistant
Suzanne St. Pierre .... craft service
Brad Stephens .... publicist
Sharon Vise .... production accountant
Howard Warren .... projectionist: Las Vegas
Stephen V. Weissberger .... production assistant
James Woods .... stand-in (as Jim Woods)
Mary Wright .... script supervisor
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
Rated R for strong language, along with some violence and sexuality
Argentina:91 min | UK:89 min | USA:92 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A failure, but it's Alex Cox, so an interesting failure, 29 January 2008
Author: carnivalofsouls from Australia

Alex Cox will always be remembered for the astonishing one-two punch of 'Repo Man' and 'Sid and Nancy', yet his finest achievement was the daring, career-destroying 'Walker'. As if being exiled from the studio system wasn't enough, Cox then made the diabolically awful 'Straight To Hell' to seemingly bury any credibility he may have had left. 'The Winner' represents yet another oddity from Cox's years in the indie wilderness, but perhaps has the highest curio factor due to its eyebrow-raising ensemble cast. Yet what makes 'The Winner', ultimately, a loser, is in all fairness not attributed to Cox but rather its unimpressive, derivative, post-Tarantino screenplay (allegedly adapted from a play, presumably off-off-off-off Broadway). Cox and the cast struggle with its uneven tone and, despite Frank Whaley scoring in a hilariously slimy role, the unfunny nature of the script is barely able to justify the film's incessant stylistic zaniness. While it does work in small doses (an effective opening and a memorably odd ending), it simply isn't enjoyable enough to even warrant minor cult status. That said, it is at least a slight cut above the other interminable 'Pulp Fiction' clones that plagued the mid-to-late nineties. But what sort of endorsement is that?

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