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The Winner (1996)

When it is discovered that a man is having luck in the casinos in Las Vegas, people start attempting to take his money.


Alex Cox


Wendy Riss, Wendy Riss (play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca De Mornay ... Louise (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Philip
Richard Edson ... Frankie
Saverio Guerra ... Paulie
Delroy Lindo ... Kingman
Michael Madsen ... Wolf
Billy Bob Thornton ... Jack
Frank Whaley ... Joey
Luis Contreras ... Guy in Couple
Ed Pansullo Ed Pansullo ... Man with Broken Arm
Sy Richardson ... Bartender
Craig Vincent ... Man
Biff Yeager ... Philip's Father
Del Zamora ... Cellmate
Roger Jennings Roger Jennings ... Croupier


A story about a man who can't seem to do anything but win at the tables in Vegas. This, of course, brings hustlers out of the woodwork intent on using him for financial gain. One of them is the man's brother who, incidentally, is trying to find who it was that killed their father, while still another is a woman who has schemes of her own. Couple all of this with drug kingpins and general thugs and you have a comedy with a fresh twist on surviving in Vegas. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, along with some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Alex Cox disowned the version of the film that was released as it had been re-edited without his consent. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film, originally to be titled A Darker Purpose, was reedited by the producers while director Alex Cox was in Mexico working on another project. The film's original score by Pray For Rain and Zander Schloss, was also replaced. Cox disowned the finished product. In Japan, the distributors Cable Hogue and GAGA released a Director's Cut version which partially resembles the original cut and restores the Pray For Rain/Zander Schloss score. The original soundtrack for the Directors Cut is also available in Japan on Toho Music Co./Cyur Records. See more »


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Spaced Out Film
14 June 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Thought quite possibly this film would be entertaining due to the fact that it was dealing with Las Vegas. After viewing a few scenes, I was completely disappointed in the story. However, the poor actors all did a great job despite their horrible scrips and story line. Rebecca DeMornay,(Louise) played a gal who has been around the block quite a few times and decides to get her eyes and claws into a certain guy who bets only on Sunday's at a casino and always wins. As soon as the guy wins large amounts of money, like $150,000. he gives all the money away and keeps about Five Thousand dollars so he can play next Sunday. Saverio Guerra,"Becker" TV Series '98-03(as Bob) makes a few brief appearances and acts just the same way he did in Becker. This is a big waste of time and not worth waisting your time.

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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,639, 27 July 1997

Gross USA:


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4:3 Full Frame
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