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The Cooler ()


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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.
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Bernie Lootz
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Shelly Kaplow
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Natalie Belisario
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Mikey
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Larry Sokolov
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Buddy Stafford
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Charlene
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Nicky Fingers Bonnatto
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Johnny Cappella
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Highway Officer (as MC Gainey)
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Doris
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Lou
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Tony
Richard Israel ...
Marty Goldfarb
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The Player
T.J. Gioia ...
Bulldog
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Hooker
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Mr. Pinkerton
Doc Watson ...
Morrie
Dan Lemieux ...
Suburbanite
Larry Elliott ...
Floor Manager
Joe Conti ...
Pit Boss
Chris Platt ...
Dealer
Norbert Ganska ...
Stickman #1
Mitch Samboceti ...
Player
Andrew Simbeck ...
Stickman #2
Danny Grossen ...
Stickman #3
Jeff Hill ...
Stickman #4
Monet Beaman ...
Stickman #5
Charlie Carr ...
Boxman
Kanie Kastroll ...
Croupier
Bryon Baker ...
Stickman #6
John Kozeluh ...
Man (as John T. Kozeluh)
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Woman
Jim McCarthy ...
Televangelist
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Dealer #2
Monica White ...
Johnny Capella's Girl
Heather McHenry ...
Johnny Capella's Girl
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Manicurist (uncredited)
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Mike Donnato (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
Stephen Halbert ...
Carnie (uncredited)
Michelle Lopez ...
Lady Craps Player 'Cooled' by Bernie (uncredited)
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ER Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Wayne Kramer

Written by

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Frank Hannah ... (written by) &
Wayne Kramer ... (written by)

Produced by

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Andrew Busey ... associate producer
Alessandro Camon ... executive producer
Bryan Furst ... co-producer
Sean Furst ... producer
Robert Gryphon ... executive producer
Joe Madden ... executive producer
Chris Miller ... post-production producer: VisionWorks
Brett Morrison ... executive producer
Michael A. Pierce ... producer (as Michael Pierce)
Edward R. Pressman ... executive producer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt ... co-producer
John Schmidt ... executive producer (as John R. Schmidt)

Music by

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Mark Isham

Cinematography by

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Jim Whitaker ... director of photography (as James Whitaker)

Film Editing by

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Arthur Coburn

Editorial Department

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David Bilow ... apprentice editor
Stephen R. Sheridan ... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Derek Vaughn ... assistant editor
Jonathan Miller ... post-production services (uncredited)

Casting By

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Sig De Miguel
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Amanda Mackey ... (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
Wendy Weidman

Production Design by

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Toby Corbett

Set Decoration by

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Alice Baker

Costume Design by

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Kristin M. Burke

Makeup Department

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Heather Cummings ... assistant makeup artist
Daniel Curet ... key hair stylist
Andy Harmon ... assistant makeup artist
Jason Rail ... co-key hair stylist
Carol Strong ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Shauna Miller ... unit production manager (as Shauna Miller Schain)
Tony Murphy ... post-production manager: Visionbox Media Group
Diana Tauder ... post-production supervisor: VisionWorks

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard L. Fox ... first assistant director
Heather Grierson ... second assistant director
Casey Mako ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Michael Clements ... set dresser
E.C. Duffy ... carpenter
Kahele Dunn ... props assistant
Will Durham ... assistant art director
Erin Fite ... set dresser
Terry Hargis ... leadperson
Wayne Kramer ... storyboard artist
Jamie Maheu ... property master
Bryan Matulay ... assistant property master (as Bryan Daniel Matulay)
David Richards ... carpenter
Steven J. Vana ... on-set dresser (as Steve J. Vana)
Travis Zariwny ... set dresser (as Travis Zariwany)
Lynn Malmberg ... lead painter (uncredited)
John C. Martin II ... website design (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tom Burns ... sound re-recordist
Steve Copley ... foley recordist
Stephen Halbert ... sound mixer
Scott Hecker ... supervising sound editor
Jairo Hernandez ... boom operator (as Jairo Hernandez Jr.)
Javier M. Hernández ... boom operator (as Javier M. Hernandez)
Tateum Kohut ... re-recording mixer
Howard London ... adr mixer
Anna Malkin ... foley assistant
Eric A. Norris ... sound effects supervisor (as Eric Norris)
Brad North ... foley editor (as Bradley North)
John Sievert ... foley artist
Jon Taylor ... re-recording mixer
David Weisberg ... adr mixer
Byron Wilson ... supervising sound editor

Visual Effects by

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Michael Adkisson ... visual effects supervisor: Title House Digital (as Mike 'Mookie' Adkisson)
Jose Avitia ... optical effects producer: Title House Digital (as Jose 'Spike' Avitia)
Blake Busby ... title designer: Title House Digital
Derry Frost ... head of production: Amalgamated Pixels
Julie Landholt ... title designer: Title House Digital (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
David Fred Masselink ... I/O coordinator: Title House Digital (as Fred Masselink)
Kevin McVey ... I/O manager: Title House Digital
Andrew Midgley ... visual effects producer: Title House Digital
Gary Miller ... animation camera: Title House Digital
Michael Morreale ... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Merysa Nichols ... lead composite artist: Title House Digital
Vincent Nuñez ... digital artist: Title House Digital
Jeremy Oddo ... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Phillip Palousek ... visual effects coordinator: Amalgamated Pixels
Dave Piedra ... digital artist: Title House Digital
Adam Stern ... digital artist: Title House Digital

Stunts

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Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi ... utility stunts (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Casey Easlick ... utility stunts
Dan Lemieux ... utility stunts (as Dan Le Mieux)
Noon Orsatti ... stunt coordinator
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi ... stunt double: Maria Bello (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Douglas Arnold ... electrician (as Douglas A. Arnold)
David Blundell ... electrician
Josh Caine ... loader
Jeff Caples ... first assistant camera: second unit
Andy Coe ... grip / key grip: second unit
Lauren Glen ... camera production assistant
Dylan Goss ... aerial photographer
Richard Hendricks ... best boy grip
Colin Hudson ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
Kevin Hutchins ... utility grip
Reed Koppen ... first assistant camera (as E. Reed Koppen)
Shawn Lacy ... key grip
Adam Neace ... utility grip
Gaylen Nebeker ... video playback operator
Loren Nebeker ... video playback operator
Robert Novellino ... grip (as Bob Novellino)
Guy Pfiershy ... additional electric
Patrick Reddish ... gaffer: second unit
Chris Reiter ... best boy electric
Jim Sheldon ... still photographer
Jonathan Sizemore ... electrician
Robert Stone ... electrician (as Rob Stone)
Craig Sullivan ... grip
Todd Taylor ... dolly grip (as J. Todd Taylor)
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker ... director of photography: second unit (as Nicole Hirsch-Whitaker)
Sarah Wheat Whittaker ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Quinn Yancey ... second assistant camera
Robert SummerStone ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anita Louise Brown ... set costumer
Molly Grundman ... key costumer
Heidi Higginbotham ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Tim Wilson ... location manager

Music Department

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Pepper Adams ... musician: baritone saxophone solo
Thomas A. Carlson ... music consultant (as Tom Carlson)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Peter Erskine ... musician: drum solo
Billy Gottlieb ... music supervisor
Mark Isham ... musician: trumpet solo
Jettared ... performers: "As I Walk"
Stephen Krause ... music recordist
Jason La Rocca ... assistant music recordist (as Jason LaRocca)
John Leftwich ... musician: bass solo
Flo Mo-Tee ... musician: fender rhodes solo (as Flo Mo-T)
Sid Page ... musician: violin solo (as Sid Paige)
Rich Ruttenberg ... musician: piano solo
Bob Sheppard ... musician: alto saxophone solo / musician: soprano saxophone solo
Florian Tessloff ... music preparation
Tracy McKnight ... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Alysia Oakley ... assistant to executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Florian Tessloff ... assistant music editor (uncredited) / music assistant: additional arrangements (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Brent Baccambuso ... driver
John Bowen ... driver
Scott Doleto ... driver
James R. Guillory ... driver (as James Guillory)
David Lee ... driver
Larry Lynch ... transportation captain
Ronald Owens ... driver
David Perelle ... driver
Lloyd Stinson ... driver (as Lloyd Stinsen)
Richard Webb ... driver (as Rick Webb)

Other crew

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Nick Agorastos ... set medic
Wendy Altman-Cohen ... principal eyewear
Kirk Baily ... adr loop group
Kathleen Becker ... catering
Suzanne Bingham ... script supervisor: second unit
Greg Bosler ... arranger: "Luck Be a Lady"
Linda Cook ... adr loop group (as Linda Overlin Cook)
Ryan Cooke ... production coordinator
Wendy Cutler ... adr loop group (as Wendy E. Cutler)
Philip Eichner ... hotel liaison
Jeff Fuller ... key set production assistant (as Jeff 'Bones' Fuller)
Mike A. Gayten ... craft service assistant
Jackie Gonneau ... adr loop group
Hayley Green ... assistant: Mr. Manulis, Visionbox Media Group
Lauren Grey ... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Malcolm Groome ... adr loop group
Matthew Hill ... set medic
Alexander Kukulus ... set medic
Ivy K. Lukas ... assistant: Mr. Baldwin
John Bard Manulis ... chief executive officer: Visionbox Media Group (as John Manulis)
Henry Marx ... producer: "Luck Be a Lady"
Micah May ... production assistant (as Micah M. May)
Jim McCarthy ... post-production accountant (as James McCarthy) / production accountant (as James McCarthy)
Mike Miner ... production assistant (as Michael Miner)
Randall Montgomery ... adr loop group
Tina Panella ... adr loop group
Udo Pfeiffer ... assistant to director
Shauna Phelan ... assistant: Mr. Furst
Rebecca Poulos ... script supervisor
Kristina Santoro ... production assistant
Dean Scofield ... adr loop group
Richard Sloane ... production assistant
Robin Adair Sparks ... set medic
Rick S. Sulier ... assistant accountant (as Rick Sulier)
John A. Suzio ... craft service
Jayce Templeton ... animal wrangler
Jeff Turner ... assistant production coordinator
Georgia Vestakis ... assistant: Mr. Pierce
Douglas Walls ... production assistant
Cathy Yermilov-Miller ... post-production caterer
Lulu Zezza ... managing producer: Visionbox Media Group
Greg Bernstein ... legal services (uncredited)
Frank Hannah ... advisor: gambling (uncredited)
Brendan MacDevette ... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Schaus ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Harry White ... Head of Sales (uncredited)

Thanks

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Harry Abrams ... special thanks
Levy Antal ... special thanks
Greg Bernstein ... special thanks
Richard Branca ... special thanks
Jim Carter ... special thanks
Jim Cashman ... special thanks
Larry Collins ... special thanks
Leanne Coronel ... special thanks
Portia Dawson ... special thanks (as Portia Furst)
Warren Dewey ... special thanks
Timothy Dougall ... special thanks
Jerome Duboz ... special thanks
Craig Furst ... special thanks
Howard Furst ... special thanks
Suzanne Furst ... special thanks
Janine Giaime ... special thanks
Kenny Goodman ... special thanks
Larry Goodman ... special thanks
Heather Griffith ... special thanks (as Heather Parker)
Shailly Guleri ... special thanks
Tim Guleri ... special thanks
Kevin Hearst ... special thanks
Bob Hoffman ... special thanks
Jon Huddle ... special thanks
Chris Jenkins ... special thanks
Leah Antonio Ketcham ... special thanks
Lori Killam ... special thanks (as Lori Killiam)
Ethan Kramer ... special thanks
Jodi Kramer ... special thanks
Mary Loughan ... special thanks
Rob Loughan ... special thanks
John Lynch ... special thanks
Kelly Lynch ... special thanks (as Kellie Lynch)
Kira Makagon ... special thanks
Randy Paul ... special thanks
Nick Pollack ... special thanks: Sony Pictures wardrobe
Shaun Redick ... special thanks
Michael Roban ... special thanks
Richard Roll ... special thanks (as Rich Roll)
Rena Ronson ... special thanks
Jim Roudebush ... special thanks (as Jim Roudabush)
Cindy Ryder ... special thanks
Chris Schmidt ... special thanks
Karen Sebok ... special thanks
Ann Setty-Rosevear ... special thanks
Marcello Sozio ... special thanks
Peter Sternlicht ... special thanks
Anthony Teneriello ... special thanks
Bret Tyler ... special thanks
Steve Van Anda ... special thanks
Ally Visram ... special thanks
Amin Visram ... special thanks
Mark Williams ... special thanks
Beverly Wood ... special thanks
Tracy Zahoryin ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 When your life depends on losing... the last thing you need is lady luck. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lady Chance (France)
  • The Cooler - Alles auf Liebe (Germany)
  • Cooler (Poland)
  • Smolar (Czech Republic)
  • The Cooler - Quebrando a Banca (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $128,973, 30 Nov 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to the director's commentary, William H. Macy was given three suits to wear during the film. During scenes where his character Bernie was hapless and unlucky, he wore a suit that was two sizes too big for him. During scenes where his luck was starting to turn around, he wore a suit that was one size too big for him. After he falls in love and is extremely lucky, he wears a perfectly tailored suit. Also, as Bernie's luck improves, the lighting surrounding him gets brighter, and his shirt and tie go from dark and subdued to bright and colorful. See more »
Goofs When Bernie plays craps, he is shown placing two stacks of chips side-by-side on the pass line. This is incorrect - a player's entire bet must be placed in one vertical stack. AFTER a point is established, a player make "take the odds" by placing a second stack of chips BEHIND the original pass line bet. A second stack of chips on the pass line next to the player's bet would be assumed by the crew to be a toke - a bet for the dealers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Cat in the Hat/The Cooler/In America/The Last Samurai (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Candy See more »
Crazy Credits Maria Bello's face is reflected on the side of the "Lady Luck" hotel. See more »
Quotes Shelly Kaplow: [about the Vegas strip] What? You mean that Disneyland mookfest out there? Huh? Come on, you know what that is? Huh? That's a fucking violation is what that is. Something that used to be beautiful, used to have class, like a gorgeous high-priced hooker with an exclusive clientele. Then along comes that Steve Wynn cocksucker and knocks her up and puts her in a fucking family way. Now she's nothing but a cheap, fat whore hiding behind too much fucking make-up. I look at her and see all her fucking stretch marks, it makes me want to cry - because I remember the way she used to be.
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