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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clive Owen ... Jack Manfred
Nick Reding ... Giles Cremorne
Nicholas Ball ... Jack Snr.

Alexander Morton ... David Reynolds

Barnaby Kay ... Car Dealer

Gina McKee ... Marion Nell
John Radcliffe ... Barber
Sheila Whitfield ... Manicurist
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

Paul Reynolds ... Matt

Kate Hardie ... Bella
Ozzie Yue ... Mr. Tchai
Joanna E. Drummond ... Agnes
Manfred Heiden ... Mr. Tchai's Bodyguard

Alex Kingston ... Jani de Villiers

Ciro de Chiara ... Cheat

Rhona Mitra ... Girl with Joint
John Baker ... Couple in Toilet
Vida Garman ... Couple in Toilet
George Khan ... Coughing Man
Christine Niemöller ... Pat
Claudia Barth ... Waitress
Tom Mannion ... Ross
Arnold Zarom ... Habib the Terrorist
James Clyde ... Gordon
Emma Lewis ... Fiona
Kate Fenwick ... Chloe
Rosemarie Dunham ... Jewish Woman
Magnus Hastings ... Gigolo
John Surman ... Loser
Mark Long ... Gangster I
Michail Golzarandi ... Gangster II
Karlheinz Ciba ... Accusing Punter (as Karl-Heinz Ciba)
Sven Morche ... Policeman
Loretta Parnell ... Lucy
Simon Fisher-Turner ... Ironic Punter (as Simon Fisher Turner)
Mary Coy ... Croupier
David Gant ... Croupier
Norbert Kleine ... Croupier
Lynsey Pinsent ... Croupier
Ulrich Vogel ... Croupier
Elke Wartmann ... Croupier

Directed by
Mike Hodges 
Writing credits
Paul Mayersberg (written by)

Produced by
Jonathan Cavendish .... producer
Jake Lloyd .... line producer
James Mitchell .... executive producer
Christine Ruppert .... co-producer
Martin Wiebel .... associate producer
James Mitchell .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Simon Fisher-Turner  (as Simon Fisher Turner)
Cinematography by
Michael Garfath 
Film Editing by
Les Healey 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Jon Bunker 
Art Direction by
Ian Reade-Hill  (as Ian Reade Hill)
Set Decoration by
Gillie Delap 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Horst Allert .... makeup artist
Ulrike Bruns-Giffel .... additional makeup artist: Germany (as Ulrike Bruns)
Ana Mujan .... makeup trainee: Germany
Delia Mündelein .... makeup artist
Amanda Warburton .... additional makeup artist: UK
Heike Wolff .... additional makeup artist: Germany
Production Management
Julie Clark .... production manager: UK
Bernd Huckenbeck .... production manager: Germany
Daniel Lloyd .... post-production supervisor: UK
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ulrike Hamacher .... second assistant director: Germany
Sascha Koszinowski .... third assistant director: Germany
Michael Murray .... first assistant director
Jez Murrell .... second assistant director: UK
Fares Muscati .... assistant director trainee: Germany
Richard Walker .... third assistant director
Richard Walker .... third assistant director: UK
Art Department
Sylke Abinghoff .... props trainee (as Sylke Abdinghoff)
Gillie Delap .... production buyer
Justin Delap .... dressing props: UK
Ulrike Gojowczyk .... prop master: Germany
Marcus Haendgen .... prop buyer: Germany (as Marcus Händgen)
Ron Higgins .... dressing props: UK
Matt Langley .... carpenter: UK
Nick Matic .... stand-by carpenter: Germany (as Nikola Matic)
Fumi Ogasawara .... stand-by carpenter: Germany
Em Parkinson .... additional buyer: UK
Rodney Pincott .... stand-by props: UK
Alexander Scherer .... art director: Germany
Ron Skinner .... rigger: UK
Gernot Thöndel .... prop buyer: Germany
Gernot Thöndel .... set decorator: Germany
Wolfgang Gosberg .... carpenter (uncredited)
Susanne Göttgens .... painter (uncredited)
Gregor Hees .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Herbert Hees .... painter (uncredited)
André Jakobs .... carpenter (uncredited)
Andrea Kessler .... painter (uncredited)
Marc Lorenz .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Maher .... construction manager (uncredited)
Mario Matic .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Rawsthorn .... chief painter (uncredited)
Britta Sassmannshausen .... carpenter (uncredited)
Volker Schäfer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... foley artist
Don Banks .... boom operator
Don Banks .... sound maintenance
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Mike Dowson .... re-recording mixer
Jacques Leroide .... foley editor
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Ivan Sharrock .... sound recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Paul Swinburne .... assistant sound editor
Mark Taylor .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Colin Coull .... color grader (uncredited)
Helen Caldwell .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunt arranger
Joss Gower .... stunts
Russell Holdaway .... stunt double: Jack
Tracy L'Epine .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Amedeo Balestrieri .... electrician: Germany (as Armadeo Balestrieri)
Ray Brown .... electrician: UK
Orietta Damiano .... trainee electrician
Nina Erfle .... video operator
Kevin Gardner .... additional electrician: UK (as Kevin Gardiner)
Ray Hall .... grip: UK
Simone Hartmann .... clapper loader: Germany
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Rawdon Hayne .... first assistant camera
Rawdon Hayne .... focus puller
Udo Heinz .... electrician
Josef Kalteis .... electrician: Germany
Maike Maier .... assistant grip: Germany
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Jens Meiners .... best boy
Spencer Murray .... clapper loader: UK
Ray Potter .... gaffer
Karim Rahmani .... crane grip assistant
Jürgen Steil .... grip: Germany
Kerstin Stelter .... still photographer
Markus Wiebecke .... electrician
Karim Rahmani .... assistant: crane grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Bradbury .... assistant costume designer: UK
Anja Bölk .... wardrobe (as Anja Bölck)
Ursula Münstermann .... wardrobe: Germany
Nick Heather .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Barrett .... first assistant editor
Jochen Felthaus .... editor trainee
Paul Swinburne .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Gabriele Goiczyk .... unit location manager: Germany
Frank Meter .... locations: Germany
Mark Shorrock .... location manager: UK
Wink .... location assistant: UK
Music Department
Gilad Atzmon .... musician: saxophone and clarinet (as Gilad Atzman)
Simon Fisher-Turner .... musician: guitar and keyboards (as Simon Fisher Turner)
Richard Preston .... music mixer
Richard Preston .... music producer
Peter Rackham .... musician: piano (as Pete Rackham)
Transportation Department
Alex Biek .... props driver: UK
Mark Brown .... unit driver: UK
Toni Jakuli .... props driver: Germany
Martin Kircher .... production driver
Paul Lagall .... driver: grip car, UK
Peter Moss .... unit driver: UK
Thomas Nowicki .... props driver: Germany
Karsten Peter .... production driver: Germany
Axel Rating .... production driver: Germany
Eddie Saunders .... construction driver: UK
Other crew
Catherine Allinson .... continuity
Peta Browne .... publicist
Sarah Critchley .... legal services
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Carol Davis .... croupier trainer
Marie Therese Hamacher .... caterer (as Marie-Therese Hamacher)
David Hamilton .... casino advisor
Claudia Hodel .... production coordinator: Germany
Fran Hunter .... stand-in
Petra Junk .... production accountant: Germany
Rita Junk .... cashier: Germany
Jonathan Kelly .... production lawyer
Claire Keogh .... assistant accountant: UK
Hermann Koenen .... caterer
Ingrid Litman .... production coordinator: UK
Denise Lyons .... production secretary: Germany
Alison MacKinnon .... dialect coach
Jörg Peter .... production office trainee: Germany
Nicky Ryde .... script associate
Stefan Rüll .... legal advisor: Germany (as Dr. Stefan Rüll)
Shirley Schumacher .... crowd marshall
Shirley Schumacher .... floor runner
Jim Shortall .... cashier: UK
Bruno Shovelton .... stand-in
Daniel Steiner .... production runner: UK
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Annette Waldron .... accountant: UK
Pauline Hume .... title designer (uncredited)

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94 min | Poland:91 min
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Alex Kingston was not considered for a BAFTA nomination for her performance in the film as Jani.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Thrilling Journey in the Underworld of Gambling, 31 December 2005
Author: jcanettis from Athens, Greece

In the "Croupier", Mike Hodges takes us in a thrilling journey in the underworld of gambling. We are introduced to Jack (Owen), an average guy who tries (unsuccessfully) to make a living as a writer. He lives a with his girlfriend Marion (McKee), an ex-cop who is deeply in love with him (while he is quite more reserved in his feelings). However, after his father arranges for him a job offer as a croupier in a casino, his life gets completely transformed: His new world and the creatures that live in it begin to devour him, and his character gets gradually reshaped. He is faced with corruption, lust, and ultimately, crime, and Marion does not seem to have the ability to bring him back.

Mike Hodges gives us an excellent account of Jack's world, with the characters being vividly and convincingly portrayed. A small plot twist in the end adds up to the overall excitement.

Clive Owen is simply superb as the icy croupier, who although he tries to be detached, he simply cannot (and probably does not want to) escape from his downhill path. We also enjoy very good performances by all the other actors involved.


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