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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.

Director:

Alex Cox

Writers:

Wendy Riss, Wendy Riss (play)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Alex Cox

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ganador See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,293, 24 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,508, 24 January 1999
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3 Full Frame
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Trivia

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

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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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This Movie Does Not (or should not) Exist
2 August 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Okay, Now it makes some sort of Sense. After Seeing this Movie with a Cast of Quirky Stars and Cult Director Alex Cox, You might Scratch Your Head Raw Wondering, What the? But the Back(stabbing) Story is that the Director was Ambushed by the Producers.

It Seems that They took the Finished Film, Re Edited, Added a Different Soundtrack and Released this Bomb to Non-Existent Audiences, Furious Critics, and Disappointment Everywhere. So Alex Cox Disowned the Film and Tried to have His Named Removed.

Is the Abomination that was Released Worth a Watch? The Shortest Answer is...NO. That's a No with a Shout. Because it is Embarrassing. Nothing Seems to Work. The Usual Reliable Cast of Usually Interesting Actors All are Either Miscast or Appear to be Lost in this Muddle and Don't Know the Ending or Their Next Lines.

The Few Standout Visuals are So Few that the Drudgery of Sitting Through the Odd Pacing and Unfunny Stuff is Not Worth the Effort. Like the Director, it is Best to not Acknowledge this Films Existence for the Sake of Everyone Involved.


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