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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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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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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
Rick Little Darling .... set dresser (as Rick Little)
Joe Doto .... property master
Damien DuPuis .... set dresser
Erich Entner .... set dresser
Corrina Holunga .... assistant props
Victoria Klein .... property master
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
Mary Janeiro .... costume cutter/builder
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)
Location Management
Beth Boigon .... location scout
Michael Harland .... location production assistant
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Craig Jackson .... assistant location manager
John Mendes .... assistant location manager (as John C. Mendes)
Tim Owen .... location scout
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
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
Dennis Davidson .... International marketing and publicity
Alyson Dewar .... director of publicity: Alliance Atlantis
Teryn Douglas .... production secretary
Blanche Aurore Duault .... publicist
Jason Giberson .... location maintenance
Annabel Griffiths .... on-set yoga
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
Megan O'Neail .... director of business and legal affairs: Alliance Atlantis
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
Robert Westhafer .... office production assistant (as Rob Westhafer)
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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While this is not technically a remake, the film The Borrower (1984) (TV) is based on the same true story.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 »
Psychologist:How would you rate the thrill you got from gambling, on a scale of one to 100?
Dan Mahowny:Um... hundred.
Psychologist:And what about the biggest thrill you've ever had outside of gambling?
Dan Mahowny:Twenty.
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41 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
sad and haunting, 11 April 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

`Some folks believe that everyone has a public life, a private life and a secret life.'

These are the opening words of `Owning Mahowny,' a fascinating real-life tale of a compulsive gambler whose life falls to pieces when he begins embezzling funds from the bank where he works in order to feed his obsession. Dan Mahowny's `secret life' became public in the early 1980's when he was finally arrested and convicted on charges of bank theft. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has made a career out of playing sad sack, tormented souls, gives one of his richest performances to date as Mahowny, a mild-mannered man caught in the grip of that compulsive sickness known as gambling addiction. Minnie Driver plays his devoted girlfriend who loves Dan dearly but who cannot bear to stand by and watch helplessly as he slowly but inexorably destroys his life.

If the film were only about Mahowny's gambling problem, it would be no different from countless TV movies made on the same subject. What sets this film apart is the way in which writer Maurice Chauvet (working off the original novel by Gary Stephen Ross) and director Richard Kwietniowski make the background of the story as compelling as the foreground. The astute, observant script focuses as much on the ins and outs of the casino and gambling worlds as it does on the personal travails of its main character. Particularly intriguing is the way in which high rollers are followed and coddled by the casino owners using both high tech equipment like cameras and monitors as well as plain old-fashioned flattery, obsequiousness and deceit. John Hurt, in a brilliant performance, plays a smarmy casino operator in Atlantic City who will stop at nothing to make Mahowny feel at home in his establishment – all for the purpose of having his new found `friend' gamble away a fortune at his tables, of course. The film is, in fact, filled with interesting side characters, including a sympathetic bellhop, who befriends Dan and who tries to convince him to leave the casino he happens to work for; several of the petty loan sharks with whom Dan finds himself inextricably connected; and a whole host of law enforcement officials whose job it is to bring Dan in on grand theft felony charges.

The filmmakers have taken a laid back, subtle approach to their material. They allow the story to develop slowly, offering us the chance to get to know Mahowny and his world at an unhurried, leisurely pace. Since Mahowny is, himself, such a secretive, quiet character, it is appropriate that the film that bears his name should also reflect that quality of muted sadness in its pacing and tone. Towards the end, however, once the authorities begin moving in for the kill and we sense the inevitable grip of Fate tightening around this strangely likable character, the film becomes both highly suspenseful and immensely moving at one and the same time. What's fascinating is that we are always one step ahead of Mahowny in our understanding of what is about to befall him. As in all great tragedies, it is the Cassandra-like burden placed on the audience – that of being able to see the future with no hope of doing anything to prevent it – that gives the film its air of pervasive sadness.

`Owning Mahowny' is a beautifully written, directed and acted film that opens up for us a strange and fascinating world.

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