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The Cooler (2003)

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In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bernie Lootz
... Shelly Kaplow
... Natalie Belisario
... Mikey
... Larry Sokolov
... Buddy Stafford
... Charlene
... Nicky Fingers Bonnatto
... Johnny Cappella
... Highway Officer (as MC Gainey)
... Doris
... Lou
... Tony
Richard Israel ... Marty Goldfarb
... The Player
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Storyline

The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance. Written by Anonymous

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Love ...you have to play to win See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe de suerte  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,973, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,243,880, 21 March 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Features Alec Baldwin's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

When Bernie is unlucky at the blackjack table, an empty table is shown with the cigarette butts quickly accumulating in the ashtray. However, this would imply there were people at the table for a long period of time, which wouldn't have been the case if people weren't winning. See more »

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[first lines]
Casino employee: Where's Bernie, they're killing us. Yeah, we need him right away.
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Crazy Credits

Maria Bello's face is reflected on the side of the "Lady Luck" hotel. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

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Candy
(2003)
Written by Rebecca Kyler Downs & Brian Swartz (as Brian Swartz)
Performed by Rebecca Kyler Downs
Courtesy of The Kyler Company
By Arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
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Enjoyable movie with some warts
29 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie. Wonderful performances all over, especially by Baldwin and Macy. Also, I felt intrigued by the character that Baldwin portrayed - a bad guy for whom you feel sorry. You don't see that every day, in your typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood movie. So why didn't it receive more than a six from me? One word: Predictability. All the supposedly interesting little plot-twists, you could see them coming a mile away. Also, the dialogue was at times somewhat cliché ("You don't have any real friends" or "I think I love you. No, wait. I'm *sure* I love you." - lines like these are going to come out goofy, even from the mouths of great actors.


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