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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.

Director:

Wayne Kramer
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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:
William H. Macy ... Bernie Lootz
Alec Baldwin ... Shelly Kaplow
Maria Bello ... Natalie Belisario
Shawn Hatosy ... Mikey
Ron Livingston ... Larry Sokolov
Paul Sorvino ... Buddy Stafford
Estella Warren ... Charlene
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Nicky Fingers Bonnatto
Joey Fatone ... Johnny Cappella
M.C. Gainey ... Highway Officer (as MC Gainey)
Ellen Greene ... Doris
Don Scribner ... Lou
Tony Longo ... Tony
Richard Israel Richard Israel ... Marty Goldfarb
Timothy Landfield ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The movie is based near Fremont street, which is now known as the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. It's the original Las Vegas casino area before the strip was developed. Only the aerial exterior shots were filmed in Las Vegas. The majority of the location shots were all filmed in Reno, Nevada. 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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut by the MPAA to achieve an R rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

(You May Not Be an Angel, but) I'll String Along with You
(1933)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Diana Krall
Courtesy of the Verve Record Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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ALEC BALDWIN
20 June 2004 | by jedobiSee all my reviews

The Cooler is worth seeing just for Alec Baldwin's performance alone. An old style casino boss, his inability and unwillingness to accept the new Vegas sends his volatile nature over the edge. Baldwin has always been an underrated actor- at the start of his career, the big studios made the mistake of trying to market him as a star, rather than as the quality actor that he is. He is also helped by working alongside another great actor, William H Macy, who can do more with a look than most can do with 6 OR 7 pages of dialogue ( See the scene when he realizes Maria Bello is still in his flat ). See this film for the acting. It's good to see that films like The Cooler and 21 Grams are doing well and being recognised - it is a triumph for acting and strong scripts as opposed to continual FX and CGI in modern cinema.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,973, 30 November 2003

Gross USA:

$8,291,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,464,788
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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