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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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When your life depends on losing... the last thing you need is lady luck. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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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The back alley scenes were filmed in Fulton alley, behind the Nugget. The director's commentary talks about the alley's graffiti, which is still there today, and was not added for the movie. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Het glazen huis: Familiebanden (2004) See more »

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Can I Steal a Little Love
(1953)
Written by Phil Tuminello
Arranged by Kevin Antunes
Performed by Joey Fatone
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ALEC BALDWIN
20 June 2004 | by See 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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