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Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 July 2000 (USA)
An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Paul Mayersberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Jack Manfred
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Giles Cremorne
Nicholas Ball ... Jack Snr.
Alexander Morton ... David Reynolds
Barnaby Kay ... Car Dealer
Gina McKee ... Marion Nell
John Radcliffe John Radcliffe ... Barber
Sheila Whitfield Sheila Whitfield ... Manicurist
David Hamilton David Hamilton ... Casino Supervisor
Carol Davis Carol Davis ... Table Supervisor
Eddie Osei Eddie Osei ... West Indian Punter
Doremy Vernon Doremy Vernon ... Woman I
Claudine Carter Claudine Carter ... Woman II
Ursula Alberts Ursula Alberts ... Madame Claude
Neville Phillips ... White Haired Man
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Storyline

Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer going nowhere fast. To make ends meet, and against his better judgement, he takes a job as a croupier. He finds himself drawn into the casino world and the job gradually takes over his life; his relationship with girlfriend Marion begins to deteriorate. One gambler in particular catches his attention: Jani, whom he starts to see outside of working hours - a serious violation of casino rules. Jani is down on her luck; under pressure from her creditors she approaches Jack, asking him to be the inside man for a planned heist at the casino. Jack carefully considers the odds; it all looks so simple, but even a professional like Jack can't predict the cards he will be dealt. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The British Thriller That Took America By Storm See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Croupier See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,472, 23 April 2000

Gross USA:

$6,201,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,120,568
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Kingston traveled to Las Vegas to practice gambling and lost £100 within 20 minutes on a blackjack table. See more »

Goofs

When Jack has a job interview at the London casino his father recommends him for, the manager (Mr. Reynolds) at one stage asks him the current count at the Blackjack table. Jack insists it is -9, the manager insists it is -8 to which Jack confides smugly to himself "It had taken him 45 minutes but Jack now had Mr. Reynolds number. The man couldn't count." Neither Jack or Mr. Reynolds can count. The count is actually at +2. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: [self reflection] Now he had become the still center of that spinning wheel of misfortune. The world turned 'round him leaving him miraculously untouched. The croupier had reached his goal. He no longer heard the sound of the ball.
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Connections

Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: Low Self Esteem City (2014) See more »

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Stylish and clever
28 June 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I liked some things in this movie. One was that it was narrated in the 3rd person by the star (usually it's someone else who narrates in the third person), another is that I saw a world I didn't know about before. Sure, I know about casinos and bosses and workers, but I didn't know how it worked in Britain. In fact, I saw this as a British version of Casino (except without the mob and violence, though there is some violence). Also, Clive Owen makes a great lead as Jack, who goes through changes in his careers as a writer and a croupier. Possibly the best film to come from Britain this year (so far).


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