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The Runner (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Crime, Thriller  |  9 September 1999 (Germany)
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A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.

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Edward
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Rocco
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477
David Jensen ...
Nosey Bettor (as Dave Jensen)
John David Conti ...
Larry Chewcluck
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Lefty (as Terrance Evans)
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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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Black Jack Dealer
Joey Miyashima ...
Dr. Andrews
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Bartender
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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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Aposta Mortal  »

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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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What Am I Living For
Written by Art Harris & Fred Jacobson
Performed by Taj Mahal
Courtesy of Private Music, A Unit of The Windham Hill Group
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scary as it should be
22 August 2000 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Maybe the acting is a little rude, maybe the directing is a little anonymous, maybe there's a little too much "Leaving Las Vegas" influence on the story (which maybe is not the worst thing you can say about the script). But, if only all the (many) films about gambling had been so honest about the abysses of horrors where gamblers live every second of their lives, then maybe people would have a more realistic, less charming idea of them.

The story is so honest about the losing that I really think the writer talks about personal experience. I do.


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