A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.

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Rocco
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Larry Chewcluck
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Jeweler
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Host
Lucy Lin ...
Chinese Dealer
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11 Card Chinese Dealer
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Dr. Andrews
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A young man with an addiction to gambling has managed to get himself into serious debt. In an effort to pay off the bookies, his uncle pulls a few strings and gets him a job working for a gangster who needs a "runner" to place bets with various bookies. The gangster keeps his new "runner" on a short leash, and for the most part the young gambler behaves himself. However, the temptation of walking around with large sums of cash proves too great, and the "runner" puts both his job and his survival on the line when he dips into his boss's funds to buy a ring for his girlfriend. Written by Mark Deming

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Never make a bet you can't afford to lose.

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Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
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9 September 1999 (Germany)  »

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Quotes

Edward: And like an asshole, I spent the money on you. Because I thought it would make you happy. And you can't put a price on that.
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People Ain't No Good
Written by Nick Cave
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Courtesy of Mute Records Ltd. U.K./Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Courteney Cox overtakes The Runner!
14 March 2001 | by (New Market, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Yes, there have been quite a number of films ranging from drama's to comedies on the subject of gambling. But, The Runner is a cut above the rest. Beautifully photographed and stylishly produced the films direction is fast paced from start to finish. John Goodman talents come through full force as Deep Throat, an unseen played who, with the help of many his runners, has a foot hold or should I say a throat hold on the entire gambling scene. The entire cast does an excellent job with their various characters. However, Courteney Cox shines through as the films brightest star. From one of the films eariler comedic moments " The runner has a serious problem of a gastric nature" on his first date with Cox to her near death- birth of their child. Courteney Cox's work in this film was indeed a treat for anyone who wishes to see a talented actress on screen.


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