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Bookies -- When three friends are on the losing side of a sizable bet, they decide the real money lies in playing the other side of the table.


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  (in credits order)

Nick Stahl ... Toby

Johnny Galecki ... Jude

Lukas Haas ... Casey

Rachael Leigh Cook ... Hunter

David Proval ... Larry

John Diehl ... Vincent

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Martinez
Zuri Williams ... Duane

Dwight Armstrong ... Abraham
Steve Hudson ... Julius Garrett

Errol Trotman-Harewood ... Professor Felix
Catherine Britton ... Tammy
Art Karounos ... Bouncer
Dominic Boeer ... Buzz Cut (as Dominic Böer)
Marco Stankovic ... Mark
Tobias Niemann ... Tim

Marc Sieger ... Second Security Cop
Jashar Mashayekh ... Ethnic Kid

Sidney Beitz ... Smoking Kid 1
Georg von Mitzlaff ... Smoking Kid 2
Daniel Schwarz ... Ethnic Kid 2
Ozgur Kagan Kaya ... Big Ethnic Kid 3 (as Özgüer Kaya)
Helmut Grobmann ... Jude's Father
Sabine Caffier ... Kelly
Boris Kaminski ... Duane's Friend
Oliver Tank ... Big Dude
Ed Cunningham ... TV Sportscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Benz ... (uncredited)
Paul Greenstone ... Courier at Betting Dropoff (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Illsley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Bacall  writer

Produced by
Sabine de Mardt .... producer (as Sabine Müller)
Alan Greenspan .... producer
Paul Greenstone .... producer
Andrea Kreuzhage .... executive producer
Brad Krevoy .... executive producer
Marco Mehlitz .... line producer
Maurin L. Scarlata .... associate producer (as Maurin Scarlatta)
Gerhard Schmidt .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Tyng 
Giuseppe Cristiano (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Brendan Galvin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff McEvoy 
Casting by
Emily Schweber 
Production Design by
Uli Hanisch 
Maurin L. Scarlata 
Art Direction by
Kai Koch 
Set Decoration by
Thorsten Sabel 
Costume Design by
Karyn Wagner 
Makeup Department
Antje Bockeloh .... makeup artist
Chloe-Claudia Brown .... key makeup artist (as Chloé-Claudia Brown)
Chris Kamprad .... makeup artist
Astrid Schikorra .... key hair stylist
Daniela Schmiemann .... makeup artist
Eleni Yannopoulos .... makeup artist
Production Management
Todd Eikelberger .... production supervisor: USA
Dorothee Hufschmidt .... production supervisor
Vivian Hylton .... post-production supervisor
Arno Neubauer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dylan Gray .... first assistant director (as D. Dylan Gray)
Dylan Gray .... second unit director
Péter Palátsik .... second assistant director (as Peter Palatsik)
Stojan Petrov .... first assistant director: second unit
Stojan Petrov .... second second assistant director
Robert Spika .... daily assistant director
Birgit Willekens .... third assistant director
Art Department
Sandra Ankiewicz .... assistant set decorator
Markus Baum .... carpenter (as Markus Brum)
Jenny Beltran .... prop buyer (as jenny rimer)
Tina Bockeloh .... art department coordinator
Uwe Brauer .... painter
Michael Böttger .... construction manager
Mieke Casal .... chief painter
Ernst Fischer .... swing gang
Giuseppe Formica .... swing gang
Michael Gitschel .... carpenter
Markus Günther .... painter (as Marcus Günther)
Stefan Isfort .... property master
Georg Kayser .... drawing artist
Andrea Kessler .... on-set property master
Olli Koch .... carpenter
Uli Langenberg .... construction coordinator
Lenny Lehmann .... carpenter (as Lemmy Lehmann)
Sonja Mazurek .... set dresser
Joachim Monninger .... construction coordinator
Daniel Peeck .... stand-by carpenter
Oliver Portmann .... on-set prop assistant
Stefanie Rasenberger .... prop buyer
Jennine Rimer .... prop buyer: USA
Scott Ritchie .... set dresser
Klaus Rusicke .... set dresser (as Claus Rusicke)
Dieter Schmidt .... carpenter
Andrea Schwank .... carpenter
Tom Trambow .... backdrops
Frank Weber .... carpenter
Andrea Wehrheim .... painter
Dagmar Wessel .... set dresser
Petra Maria Wirth .... key drawing artist
Giuseppe Cristiano .... storyboard (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jacob Goldstein .... sound mixer
Dirk Jacob .... sound designer
Dirk Jacob .... sound effects editor
Richard Kite .... boom operator
Günther Röhn .... foley artist
Elana Saviolis .... adr coordinator
Ronny Schröpfer .... utility cable
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Kai Tebbel .... adr editor
Kai Tebbel .... dialogue editor
Kai Tebbel .... foley editor
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andreas Korth .... special effects supervisor: Flash Art
Benjamin Kotter .... special effects supervisor: Flash Art (as Ben Kötter)
Visual Effects by
Thorsten Binte .... visual effects: Effectory Filmeffekte
Florian Decker .... visual effects
Christian Grafwallner .... technical supervisor: digital lab, ARRI Film & TV
Tom Henderson .... digital and analogue color grader: ARRI Film & TV
Richard Kahl .... video graphics supervisor: V&M Filmservice
Alex Klippe .... laser film recordist: ARRI Film & TV
Stephan Lethaus .... additional visual effects: 4K Animation
Andreas Rothenaicher .... post-production manager: ARRI Film & TV
Jan Schmidtgen .... additional visual effects coordinator: 4K Animation
Simon Thomas .... digital color grading: ARRI Film & TV
Stefan Tischner .... visual effects: ARRI Film & TV
Peter Bartels .... stunts: Steinmeier & Mohr
Michael Bittinger .... stunts: Steinmeier & Mohr
Norbert Heisterkamp .... stunts: Steinmeier & Mohr
Michael Mohr .... stunt coordinator: Steinmeier & Mohr
Marc Sieger .... stunt coordinator
Andreas Cremer .... stunts: Steinmeier & Mohr (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Beitz .... additional electrician
Georg Bozkurt .... additional electrician (as Coskun 'George' Bozkurt)
Frantek Brandt .... daily assistant camera
Felix Buchholz .... additional electrician
Fred Busbach .... additional electrician
Celio Castro .... electrician
John Conroy .... first assistant camera
Hermenegild Fietz .... additional electrician
Sven Fink .... additional electrician
Christian Georges .... electrician
Udo Heinz .... additional electrician
Rafael Jeneral .... clapper loader
Emil Jevtic .... additional electrician (as Emil Jeutic)
Vera Kachulle .... clapper loader: second unit
Felix Keuck .... company grip
Ansgar Krajewski .... camera assistant: second unit
Jochen Kratzheller .... best boy electric
Tobias Linsel .... daily assistant camera
Martin Lippert .... camera crane technician
Julia Lohmann .... video assistant
Niels Maier .... gaffer
Christoph Mohr .... clapper loader: second unit
Michael Müller .... key grip
Oliver Noell .... additional electrician
Won-suk Park .... daily assistant camera
Jens Piotrowski .... second assistant camera
Markus Rettler .... additional electrician
Rolf Rosendahl .... daily assistant camera
Martin Schanningher .... electrician trainee
Ivan Smolcic .... electrician
Marc Stoppenbach .... daily assistant camera
Ralf Streitbürger .... additional electrician
Elmar Suska .... best boy grip
Tom Trambow .... property photographer
Des Whelan .... camera operator: a camera
Astrid Wirth .... still photographer
Sabine Filser .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lars C. Arnold .... casting trainee (as Lars Arnold)
Annette Borgmann .... additional casting: Germany
Atar Husain .... casting trainee (as Athar Hussein)
Jennifer Levy .... casting associate: USA
Eva Moor .... extras casting assistant (as Eva Mohr)
Silvia Munzòn-Lopèz .... casting assistant (as Silvia Munzán-Lopéz)
Emily Schweber .... casting: USA
Carmen Senz .... casting: Germany
Stephan Senz .... casting: Germany
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Petra Burmester .... on-set costumer
Silvia Müller .... additional on-set costumer
Barbara Ohren .... seamstress
Heather Pain .... assistant costume designer
Ramona Petersen .... additional on-set costumer
Nina Schulz .... on-set costumer
Eduarda Almas .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Norman Buckley .... supervising editor
Scott Canning .... editor: stock footage, post-production
Ulrich Hochleitner .... high definition scanning coordinator: ARRI Film & TV
Andreas Kern .... high definition scanning coordinator: ARRI Film & TV
Guido Krajewski .... editing suite: Cut Company
Babette Rosenbaum .... second assistant editor: post-production
Hannah Rosenberg .... assistant editor: post-production
Achim Strack .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor
Scott Schirle .... music editor
Transportation Department
Paul Robert Alimonta .... driver
Yenner Arikan .... driver (as Yener Arikan)
Horst Auberg .... driver
Jochen Behle .... driver
Ricardo Briz-Kristhofen .... driver
Ralf Christiansen .... driver
Klaus Exner .... driver
Tim Großkurth .... driver (as Tim Grosskurth)
Detlef Issel .... transportation coordinator
Michael Meierhof .... driver
Ebi Noack .... driver (as Ebbi Noack)
Levke Palm .... driver
Benjamin Sidon .... driver: props
Lothar Stronczek .... driver
Erik Zumkley .... driver: tracking car (as Eric Zumkley)
Other crew
Alexandros Anastasiadis .... stand-in: Toby
Jürgen Andermann .... blocking service
Sandra Barger .... A-frame
Peter Bassfeld .... bank services
Wolfgang Baumgartner .... A-frame
Christa Bentlage .... assistant: Mr. Schmidt
Oliver Berendt .... bank services
Luzie Besser .... assistant: Ms. Müller
Filiz Bisar .... stand-in: Hunter
Nicole Bruch .... assistant: Mr. Schmidt
Buff Connection .... A-frame
Elena D'Orio .... accountant: IRE
Kerstin Dick .... assistant accountant: Germany
Alexander Dominitzki .... unit location manager
Todd Eikelberger .... travel coordinator
Sonja Ewers .... head of development: Gemini
Sibylle Fassold .... assistant set location manager
Steven Fayne .... legal services: Steven Fayne, Akin Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Christel Fomm .... making-of documentary: HIQ Media
Sebastian Fröhlich .... production trainee
Stephan Gans .... stand-in: Casey
Dirk Grobkopf .... bank services
Manuela Groh .... production coordinator
Akin Gump .... legal services: Steven Fayne, Akin Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Julie Hansen .... production accountant: USA
Hansjürgen Hilgert .... making-of documentary: HIQ Media
Jürgen Jansen .... production accountant: Germany
Christopher Kahn .... production accountant: USA
Dr. Klein .... medic
Edgar Kroll .... set location manager
Sarika Hemi Lakhani .... office production assistant
Stefan Langel .... A-frame
Julie-Anne Lee Kinney .... production coordinator: USA (as Julie-Anne Kinney)
Dr. Leibowitz .... medic
Lutz Lemke .... title art
Miho Lobrovic .... stand-in: Larry
Stefan Lux .... production controller
Lisa Maschlanka .... assistant set location manager
Luigi-GiGi Medico .... catering assistant (as Luigi 'Gigi' Medico)
Michael Meierhof .... motorhomes supplier
Frank Meter .... location scout
Sonja Mörkens .... coordinator: IWP
Tu Nguyen .... assistant location manager
Jörg Nickel .... legal services: BFJM (as Jörg Nickel)
Dr. Overbeck .... medic
H.W. Pausch .... publicity coordinator
Thorsten Peterson .... kicker coach
Markus Pütterich .... A-frame
Steve Ransohoff .... completion bond: Film Finances
Angela Reedwisch .... key account manager: ARRI Film & TV
Josef Reidinger .... manager digital and analogue lab: ARRI Film & TV
Alexander Riech .... assistant location manager
Frank Rummel .... bank services
Yariv Salamon .... stand-in: Toby
Fabian Schmiereck .... stand-in: Vincent
Monika Schotz .... legal services (as Monika Scholz)
Norbert Schröder .... making-of documentary: HIQ Media
Heinz Schwemmer .... A-frame
Maria Sobecki-Grimm .... catering chef
Michael Sossna .... cherry picker rental agent
Bernhard Speck .... production accountant: Germany
Dennis Stange .... set production assistant
Marco Stankovic .... stand-in: Jude
Mary Sunshine .... production accountant: USA
Frank Terjung .... making-of documentary: HIQ Media
Daniela Turchetto .... catering assistant
Rolf Viehrig .... location scout (as Rolf G. Viehrig)
Beni von Alemann .... set production assistant (as Benjamin von Alemann)
Georg von Mitzlaff .... set production assistant
Frank Walloschek .... motorhomes supplier
Ronald Warner .... production assistant
Matthew Warren .... completion bond: Film Finances (as Matt Warren)
Lori Wyant .... script supervisor
Franz Wünnberger .... A-frame
Kathy Zebrowski-Heller .... legal services (as Kathy Heller Zebrowski)
Stefaan Schieder .... special thanks

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6 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Over hyped, Over Exaggerated, Just Plain...Over, 20 January 2003
Author: industryguy_14 from Park City, Utah

It's about 11:30 PM PST on January 20, 2003, and I'm just returning back to my hotel room after a long day of schmoozing and watching films at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. While there are some solid films that have already played at Sundance, there's a fair amount of schlock as well. I am not one to usually write about these films or review them on the imdb, but I just saw something that I need to write about. So after viewing this debacle, I headed back to my room, plugged my laptop into the wall, and began typing the following review for Mark Illsley's Bookies, a screeing I caught at 8:30 PM at The Prospector Sqaure Theatre: I'll be the first to say that I tend to favor films about gambling. I find the topic facinating, and when they are done right, they usually make good films. Usually. That is not the case here, however. Having known many real bookies in my day (an acquaintance of mine was sent up for five years after getting busted for running an operation out of a moving Winnebago. When I have enough money, I plan on buying the rights to his story and will attempt on getting the story made...but that's another story), I was hoping that this would be a gritty take on the world of bookmaking. What I saw was a bastardized and warped take on the subject. Cliche after Hollywood cliche came flying at me one after another, the most notable was the whole "mafia" thing. In reality, the mafia doesn't affect a small time bookie. Out of 100 bookmaking operations out there, perhaps 1 might rub elbows with the Cosa Nostra, and that's pushing it. The reality of the situation is that the biggest problems a bookie faces is their own stupidity, dead beat clients, the occasional ambitious cop, and other scum in that world. NOT the mafia! Furthermore, the facts are all wrong, down to even the simplest things like the types of bets that are described in the film. It seems like the producers, the writer, and the director pooled together their limited knowledge of the subject and the result was this mess on celluloid. Or perhaps the problem is simply the director since he's supposed to be the one who steers the boat. I saw Mark Illsley walking around a lot during the festival, wearing his trademark cowboy hat. I don't know. Perhaps his hat is on too tight and it's cutting off the air flow to his head hampering his decision making. But I digress... Looking at the financial prospects of this film, I would be shocked if an indie distributor picked up the rights to this one. With all the better product out there to invest in factored together with Illsley's track record (Happy, Texas played here 4 years ago to sizable buzz. Miramax overpaid for the rights to the film, $10 million to be exact, only to see that film gross only $2 million at the box office. I saw that film here 4 years ago and couldn't figure out what all the hoopla was about then, and I don't understand what the big deal is now regarding this one), it is suggested that you do NOT bet on these BOOKIES. For a good film about the world of gambling, check out THE COOLER starring William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin. Now THAT's the stuff dreams are made of.

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