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Croupier (1998)

Unrated | | 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.



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


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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Release Date:

28 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La jugada  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$80,247 (USA) (21 April 2000)


$6,198,916 (USA) (27 October 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Alex Kingston traveled to Las Vegas to practice gambling and lost £100 within 20 minutes on a blackjack table. See more »


During the interview scene, the manager (Mr. Reynolds) at one point asks Jack for 1800 in 25s. He proceeds to incorrectly give him 68 chips, which at 25 value only amount to 1700. He should have actually given 72 chips. See more »


[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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Black Jack
19 May 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Mike Hodges' film 'Croupier' tells the stark story of Jack Manfred, a writer who sells his soul to work in a casino. As might be expected from the director of 'Get Carter', the acting is deadpan throughout, and the plot is likewise understated: the point is less what happens than the fact that Jack can deal with it. Yet this (short) film is oddly compelling: although we actually get only a brief insight into the workings of the casino, there's something very addictive about the way it is presented, the film has the smack of authenticity and one watches transfixed, as if one was being shown it all for real. Also effectively communicated is the mixture of alienation and exhilaration that comes to possess and drive an increasingly dehumanised Jack. 'Croupier' is not the best film ever made, but it never oversells itself and holds one's attention throughout. A highly effective and distinctive thriller.

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