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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.

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Gary Stephen Ross (book), Maurice Chauvet (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Eric Fink ... Psychologist
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang ... Parking Attendant
Tanya Henley Tanya Henley ... Teller
Brona Brown Brona Brown ... Teller
Philip Craig ... Briggs
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Storyline

Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Queda de um Jogador See more »

Filming Locations:

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,287, 4 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,011,054, 19 October 2003
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's budget was about ten million dollars, which was also roughly the amount that the real person, on whom Dan Mahowny is based, stole from the bank, for which he worked. See more »

Goofs

While listening to sports scores on the radio shortly after his arrest in 1982, the sportscaster gives the score of the Montreal Alouettes game. The Alouettes folded after the 1981 season. The current Alouettes began playing in 1996. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits you'll see the strongroom door from the start again and hear the sound of the ball in a roulette wheel. Rien ne vas plus. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Daily Show: Philip Seymour Hoffman (2003) See more »

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Truly excellent
7 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In "Owning Mahowny," Philip Seymour Hoffman proved before his Oscar win to be one of the great actors of his generation, playing a compulsive gambler who embezzles millions from his employer, a bank. Dracula is in charge of the blood bank.

Mahowny is a fascinating character. He's a cheap slob who drives an old car. Though he loves his girlfriend (Minnie Driver), he hasn't confided in her. In fact, he lies to her, as he lies to everyone. His god is gambling -- not money, just gambling. As Frank Perlin (Maury Chaykin), one of the guys who takes his action attests, "He just wants to have the money to lose."

We watch Mahowny get in deeper and deeper, creating false loans and stealing from his clients. He becomes a VIP at an Atlantic City casino where he is given the best of everything and offered even more, but he's not going to do anything that takes away from his time at the tables. Unbeknownst to him, the Feds are interested in some of his associates and become curious about this Mahowny guy, thinking he may be in on a drug racket.

This movie will keep you hooked throughout. Hoffman is brilliant and even sports a Canadian accent (the film was made there and the real Mahowny is Canadian). Hoffman comes from my home town, and as we are close to Canada, he is familiar with the accent.

The rest of the acting is uniformly good, with the standout being the remarkable John Hurt as the casino owner who wants Mahowny to keep throwing money at the casino and will do anything to keep him there. The insight into the gambling world is amazing, and may keep you away from the tables the next time you're in Vegas or Atlantic City.


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