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Owning Mahowny (2003)

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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 (Philip Seymour Hoffman) 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 ten million dollars in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The true story of a mild mannered banker and his magnificent obsession. 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

Even though the movie takes place in 1982, the Le Biftheque Steak House restaurant is clearly visible in several of the opening scenes. That restaurant did not open in Toronto until 1999. See more »

Quotes

Investigator #1: You've got a gambling problem, right?
Dan Mahowny: No...
[chuckles]
Dan Mahowny: No, sir.
Investigator #1: Come on. You didn't get a buzz out of it?
Dan Mahowny: I have a... financial problem. A shortfall.
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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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Unforgettable
11 March 2006 | by horned_grebeSee all my reviews

I'm not sure that it was a fantastic movie, but it really sticks with me. I gamble quite a bit too, and I regularly see Mahoney-like behaviours at the casino. The guy next to me the other day started with $200, then went up, in my eyes undeservingly, to about $2500, and finally lost it all in a matter of half an hour. The entire time completely without expression, like a gambler, like Mahoney. No matter what happens to a gambler in the short term, he knows that it is ephemeral. Unfortunately, the ephemeral losses are a bit bigger than the ephemeral wins, and the cumulative loss is what you are stuck with in the end.

I liked the way that Mahoney was so boring. As though the things that make life interesting for the average person and the things that make the average person interesting all pale in his eyes to the passionate communion that he has with the game.


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