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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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Karina
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Deepthroat
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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
John Buchanan ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Aposta Mortal  »

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Edward: Please tell Karina I found the perfect way to stop gambling: Have a son.
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Mr. Jinx
Written by J.J. Holiday and Jimmie Wood
Performed by Imperial Crowns
Courtesy of Strictly Hits Music
By Arrangement with Engel Entertainment
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Took my breath away....
28 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film is amazing...

I ordered it off of the internet being a HUUUGE Courteney Cox Arquette fan and when I watched it, the film and especially Courteney completely blew me away...

The main character is Edward played by Ron Eldard (Deep Impact) who has a SERIOUS gambling problem. He is recommended to the malicious Deepthroat (John Goodman) for a Runner job by his uncle Rocco (Joe Magneta) who is trying to get himself out of a serious situation. There is one condition, Edward cannot, under any circumstances gamble. Will he do it?...

Edward meets a beautiful, young casino waitress called Karina (Cox Arquette). She's the kinda girl "you'd kill your brother for" (hehe, my favourite line :D) He inevitably ends up falling in love with her and she falls pregnant.

There is so much suspense in this film I was actually physically shaking by the end, and my nails certainly didn't survive it!!

As for the performances: Ron Eldard is pretty good, although he does get slightly annoying and you feel like screaming at the screen at him... John Goodman is genuinly terrifying and disturbing as Deepthroat, a man that seems to have no soul whatsoever. The stand out in this film is definatly Courteney Cox Arquette though. She's simply... breathtaking in the role, and the labour scene at the end, in my opinion, is oscar winning stuff (no joke whatsoever)

It's a shame that this film didn't do better because I'd love to see Courteney getting the recognition for dramatic acting that she deserves.

Overall, on the strength of the amazing storyline and Courteney (especially Courteney :D) I give this film a definate 10 out of 10!!


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