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Owning Mahowny -- A bank manager (Hoffman) with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multi-million dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.
Owning Mahowny -- A bank manager (Hoffman) with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multi-million dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.


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Writers (WGA):
Gary Stephen Ross (book)
Maurice Chauvet (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »
To some it's a game. To others it's a habit. But to Dan Mahowny -- beating the odds is everything See more »
A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Dan Mahowny

Minnie Driver ... Belinda

John Hurt ... Victor Foss

Maury Chaykin ... Frank Perlin

Ian Tracey ... Det. Ben Lock
Sonja Smits ... Dana Selkirk

K.C. Collins ... Bernie (as Chris Collins)

Jason Blicker ... Dave Quinson

Vince Corazza ... Doug (as Vincent Corazza)
Roger Dunn ... Bill Gooden
Eric Fink ... Psychologist
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang ... Parking Attendant

Tanya Henley ... Teller
Brona Brown ... Teller

Philip Craig ... Briggs

Michael Caruana ... Alex Retsnor
Gary Brennan ... Man in Ice Rink

Matthew Ferguson ... Martin
Tannis Burnett ... Mary the Teller
Steve Cumyn ... Observer #1
Tony Munch ... Observer #2
Lorn Eisen ... Blackjack Dealer

M.J. Kang ... Secretary
Janine Theriault ... Maggie
Lina Giornofelice ... Hot Date Teller (as Lina Felice)
Jim Aldridge ... Customs Officer

Karen Robinson ... Cage Woman

Conrad Dunn ... Edgar
Lani Billard ... Tori the Teller

Judah Katz ... Broker
Carol Anderson ... Securities Clerk
Sherry Hilliard ... Prostitute
Nicco Lorenzo Garcia ... New Observer Recruit
Carmela Albero ... Quinson's Mother
Keith Knight ... Surveillance Operator

Matthew MacFadzean ... Office Cop

Paul Hubbard ... Vegas Casino Manager
Dennis Mirkovic ... Vegas Floorman
David Collins ... Private Investigator
Tony Stellisano ... Vegas Stickman

Ted Ludzik ... Vegas Security Guard
James McGrath ... Old Man on the Piano
Darren McGuire ... Guy Pulled by Zamboni

Russell Yuen ... Auditor
Linda Goranson ... Belinda's Mother
Stan Coles ... Belinda's Father
Daniel Schneiderman ... Security Official

Demetrius Joyette ... Boy
Carson Durven ... Shifty Driver (as R. Carson Durven)
Michael Tait ... Mr. Selkirk
Marvin Karon ... Atlantic City Accountant
Frank Moore ... Atlantic City CFO
Bob Zidel ... Atlantic City Chief Executive

Joe Pingue ... Plain Clothes Cop
Makyla Smith ... Car Rental Girl
Claudio Masciulli ... Detective #1
Robbie Rox ... Detective #2
Angelo Pedari ... Craps Table Man
Troy Skog ... Atlantic City Floorman
Scott Wickware ... Uniformed Cop

Alex Poch-Goldin ... Investigator #1

Joseph Scoren ... Investigator #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judi Embden ... Atlantic City Waitress (uncredited)

Sandra Oh ... Craps Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Kwietniowski 
Writing credits
Gary Stephen Ross (book "No Limit")

Maurice Chauvet (screenplay)

Produced by
Bradley Adams .... co-producer
Damon Bryant .... co-producer
Alessandro Camon .... producer
Sean Furst .... executive producer
Andras Hamori .... producer
Victoria Hirst .... co-producer
Seaton McLean .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Grassby-Lewis 
The Insects 
Cinematography by
Oliver Curtis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mike Munn 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Production Design by
Taavo Soodor 
Art Direction by
Diana Magnus 
Set Decoration by
Erica Milo 
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Benoit .... key makeup artist
Erika Caceres .... assistant makeup artist
Diane Mazur .... makeup artist
Madeleine Russell .... assistant hair stylist
Moira Verwijk .... key hair stylist
Tijen Osman .... hair consultant: character image (uncredited)
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman .... hair consultant: character image (uncredited)
Production Management
Ted Miller .... production manager
Lori A. Waters .... post-production supervisor (as Lori Waters)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Archer .... dgc trainee
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Scott Clevely .... trainee assistant director: daily
Joanna Moore .... third assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Adam Bocknek .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter
Jon Bankson .... construction coordinator
Tracy Bock .... art department coordinator
Hamish Buchanan .... graphic artist
Andrew Chapman .... set dresser
Joe Doto .... property master
Damien DuPuis .... set dresser
Erich Entner .... set dresser
Corrina Holunga .... assistant props
Victoria Klein .... property master
Rick Little .... set dresser
Jennifer MacDonald .... draughtsperson
Robert Markle .... muralist
Andrew McKendy .... lead dresser
Steve Meil .... key scenic (as Stephen Meil)
John Nichols .... on-set carpenter
William Poulter .... set dresser
Jack Waga .... art department apprentice
Susan Worts .... set dresser (as Susan Wallace Worts)
Matthew G. Wright .... set buyer (as Matthew Wright)
Mitsu Yano .... head carpenter
Jason Herriott .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred Brennan .... supervising sound editor
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer
Kathy Choi .... assistant sound effects editor
Roderick Deogrades .... sound effects editor
Paul Gosse .... sound trainee
Ronayne Higginson .... dialogue editor
Graham Jones .... dialogue editor
Martin Gwynn Jones .... assistant sound effects editor (as Martin Gwynn-Jones)
Garrett Kerr .... sound designer
Garrett Kerr .... sound effects editor
Thomas Kodros .... sound consultant: Dolby
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Brent MacClean .... first assistant dialogue editor (as Brent Maclean)
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Craig Mann .... control room operator
David McCallum .... sound effects editor
Bill McMillan .... sound recordist
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
Jane Tattersall .... sound effects editor
Phong Tran .... sound trainee
Brandon Walker .... dialogue editor
Don White .... foley mixer
Rebecca Wright .... foley assistant
David Yonson .... adr recordist
Fred Brennan .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Cornelia Mariana Gavrilescu .... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Hussey .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Brandon Walker .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects supervisor
Jon Davis .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gerry Legros .... on-set visual effects coordinator
Peter Denomme .... visual effects producer: Calibre Digital Pictures (uncredited)
Jamie Hallett .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Stanley Monahan .... optical effects (uncredited)
Dave Salter .... digital artist (uncredited)
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt coordinator
Darren McGuire .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Bate .... key rigging grip (as Thomas Bate)
Jonathan Brown .... electrician
Randy Brown .... generator operator
Deanna Cadette .... second assistant camera
Rod Crombie .... Steadicam operator
Bob Davidson .... gaffer (as D.R.[Bob] Davidson)
Harper Forbes .... key grip
Ava Gerlitz .... still photographer
Jason Greenslade .... dolly grip
Reni Hoz .... first assistant camera
Ken Huff .... grip (as Ken L. Huff)
Neda Khayat-Sarbakhsh .... camera trainee
Mark Lewandowski .... camera operator: video
Mark Lewandowski .... video playback supervisor
Mike Macauley .... best boy (as Mike MacAulay)
Bruce Morton .... electrician
Gerald Packer .... director of photography: additional photography
Josh Pelham .... grip
Yuri Sandler .... grip
Mark Christopher Sebert .... video playback operator
Scott Shropshire .... grip (as Scott F. Shropshire)
Jeff Smallacombe .... best boy grip
Mark Willis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Richard Wilmot .... Steadicam operator
David J. Woods .... supplier: video cameras and playback equipment
Ramesh Yogendran .... electrician
Rocky Brown .... crane grip (uncredited)
Kelly Richardson .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Luisa Cabbidu .... extras casting assistant
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Julia Tait .... casting associate
Millie Tom .... casting associate
Christopher Richards .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheila Fitzpatrick .... assistant costume designer
Trina Gismondi .... costume truck assistant
Wayne Godfrey .... on-set wardrobe supervisor
Liz Walter .... extras wardrobe coordinator (as Elizabeth Walter)
Robert Welsh .... stitcher
Joanna Syrokomla .... dresser: extras (uncredited)
Elizabeth Walter .... extras wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Grout .... post-production assistant
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Gareth Jones .... post-production assistant
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Joanne Rourke .... hd colorist: HD mastering
Paul Rubenstein .... first assistant editor
Deanna Strong .... post-production coordinator
Ron Wisman Jr. .... first assistant editor
Valerie Laurie .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Alan Anton .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Tony Bifano .... transportation coordinator
Ralph Graham .... driver
Ernie Lessard .... operator: honeywagon
James May .... driver
Danny Menecola .... head driver
Frank Menniti .... transportation captain
Dave Murray .... driver
Steve Ranalli .... driver
Jack Sicluna .... driver
Dusan Stepanovic .... driver
Lisa Zozzolotto .... driver
Other crew
Nazli Afar .... production accountant: H2O Motion Pictures Inc.
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Donald Ayres .... master continuity and spotting list: Hi-Text Media Services
Imre Balla .... travel services: Columbus Travel
Lisa Batke .... executive producer: Spin Productions
Beth Boigon .... location scout
Early Boyd .... executive assistant: Mr.Hamori, H2O Motio nPictures Inc.
Nan Brown .... post-production accountant: Alliance Atlantis
Diana Cafazzo .... legal services: McMillan Binch
Michael Caruana .... voice coach: adr
Ralph Chapman .... stand-in
Donna Croce .... continuity
Alyson Dewar .... director of publicity: Alliance Atlantis
Teryn Douglas .... production secretary
Jason Giberson .... location maintenance
Annabel Griffiths .... on-set yoga
Michael Harland .... location production assistant
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Craig Jackson .... assistant location manager
Nancy Jackson .... production coordinator
Tim Johnson .... legal services: SJ Berwin
Gareth Jones .... office production assistant
James Kay .... legal services: SJ Berwin
Lacia Kornylo .... head of production: Alliance Atlantis
Arlene Lum Lock .... payroll accountant
Sandra Lum Lock .... key production accountant
Sam Malkin .... adr loop group
Andrea Mann .... executive assistant: Mr. Mclean, Alliance Atlantis
Brad McIlroy .... on-set caterer
John Mendes .... assistant location manager (as John C. Mendes)
Megan O'Neail .... director of business and legal affairs: Alliance Atlantis
Tim Owen .... location scout
Dominika Pyk .... craft service
Sarah Rawlins .... craft service
Andrew Rosen .... production executive: Alliance Atlantis
Jesse Rupert .... assistant accountant
Sephira Salazar .... assistant: Damon Bryant, Natural Nylon Entertainment
Charlene Schembri .... on-set medic
Marissa Shumel .... stand-in
Mitch Smelkinson .... legal services: Stone, Meyer & Genow
Ann Marie Stagl .... apprentice accountant
Ron Steiner .... consultant: casino
Tony Stellisano .... consultant: casino
Boyan Stergulc .... title designer
Douglas R. Stone .... legal services: Stone, Meyer & Genow
Jody Tansley .... on-set medic (as Jody-Marie Tansley)
Travis Tritten .... office production assistant
Rob Westhafer .... office production assistant
Andrea Wood .... executive vice president business & legal affairs: Alliance Atlantis
Dan Gosse .... security officer (uncredited)
Chelsea Madrigal .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman (uncredited)
Bob Presner .... completion bond (uncredited)
Kyle Rath .... security officer (uncredited)
Julia Rosenberg .... thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
104 min
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The movie's budget was about ten million dollars, which was also roughly the amount that the real person Dan Mahowney is based on stole from the bank he worked for.See more »
Factual errors: The craps table that Mahowney plays at in Atlantic City has the "Big 6" and "Big 8" bets. These bets were never approved in Atlantic City and have never appeared on the layout of any of the city's craps tables.See more »
[when asked why he'd never been to Niagra Falls]
Dan Mahowny:I don't want to use up all of Canada too soon.
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Is there a scene missing from the end of the film? Bernie seemed very insistent about Dan's not forgetting his bag; did Bernie set aside some money for him?
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A tour de force. One of the best of 2003, 9 February 2004
Author: Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario

Every once and while, film buffs get a treat. Amongst all the crash and burn violence and volume of the summer blockbusters, every once and while, a movie will sneak under the radar and capture our attention.

Owning Mahowny didn't get much of a theatrical release. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, the film never played on more than 24 screens and earned only a fraction of the minute $10 million budget. But here is your chance to find it in the lonely ‘O' section of your local DVD retailer.

The movie is based on the true story of Dan Mahowny (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), a mid-level bank official that has a gambling problem. Dan will bet on almost anything and his addiction would result in a financial hole not easily climbed. It is here that Dan begins to use his title at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to fraudulently steal money for week-end trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Over his eighteen month spree, Dan was able to gamble over $10 million of the banks dollars.

The film follows Dan through the initial stages of his addiction and careful details his interaction with Vegas hotel staff, co-workers and his girlfriend as he feeds his desires while keeping his compulsion secret. As he falls deeper into the casino's pockets, the hotel owners fall deeper in love with his freelance style, and Dan is soon treated with celebrity like status upon every visit. However, eventually, the police begin to piece the missing money together and the result is the uncovering of the biggest one-man bank fraud to ever hit the Canadian borders.

Owning Mahowny is a terrific film largely in part to the incredible acting performance by Hoffman. As Dan Mahowny, Hoffman is able to portray an insatiable gambler who is ignorant to his surroundings when at the card table. His stare at the table and lack of emotional response, either for the good or the bad, is incredibly parlayed by Hoffman's sweat and stature. A scene where Mahowny takes his girlfriend to Vegas but quickly ignores and forgets her once he is in front of a blackjack table is unforgettable.

Owning Mahowny is not without its good supporting cast either, including John Hurt (Alien) as the Casino owner that takes a shine to Mahowny and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) as his girlfriend. Both show us the contrast between someone who doesn't want to know how he does it and loves him for it and the other who can't seem to get to know the man she loves.

Like 1999's Rogue Trader, it is scary to see the loopholes exploited by bank or financial institution employees in these true stories brought to the big screen. It both movies, you see how one man with the access to large amounts of money can easily get over their own head and dig themselves deeper and deeper into a whole, yet they are always thinking they are one bet or one trade away from righting the wrong.

Owning Mahowny was one of the best films of 2003, and should not be missed. Storytelling doesn't get any better than this.

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