Will Graham is a gangster who has left the life of crime and is living in the countryside. He comes out of hiding to investigate the death of his brother when he learns that he committed ... See full summary »
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Martha Travis is a medium who makes contact with spirits "on the other side" and connects them with their loved ones still alive, in public performances. Trouble begins when she gives a ... See full summary »
A split-second decision made in a fit of rage drives attorney and family man Michael Anderson to desperate measures.The stressed-out lawyer hits his melting point one fateful day, when he runs away from the consequences of his actions.
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ... See full summary »
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
The film co-stars Alex Kingston, a decade before she joined the BBC science fiction adventure TV series "Doctor Who" as River Song in 2008. See more »
When Jack is taken off the roulette table approx 20 minutes in, the roulette wheel is not spinning. Roulette wheels are only stopped when the table is closed, and as there are players at the table the wheel should be moving. 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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