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
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 »
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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Come on deal with it! Independent films have a way of creating complex story lines that keep a viewer intrigued, and they also include some obscure characters that we tend to admire. You could surely bet that `The Croupier' falls in that winning category. I will throw the deck of this one at you- a struggling writer who gets a job as a croupier to entice his stalled imaginative mind. On the second hand- it also includes a mysterious subplot involving a possessive girlfriend, a sexy socialite card player, a distraught female croupier, and a watchful father. Clive Owen as the `jack of all trades' croupier executes an ace performance. For sure, one of the best acting performances of the year- Really! I am not being a joker! His suave style is reminiscent of James Bond. Yes that Bond, James Bond! In fact, I will double down my bet and predict that Owen will be the next 007. Also, open up those snake eyes and ears and you will see and hear- an artistic screenplay, an intensive musical score, and exquisite cinematography. `The Croupier' does deserve a winning hand!
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