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Flutter (2011)

TV-MA | | Drama, Thriller | 17 November 2015 (USA)
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Chancer John lives for playing the odds - and he's always willing to take a calculated risk. But when he meets the mysterious and beautiful female bookie Stan, he discovers there's much ... See full summary »

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Giles Borg

Writer:

Stephen Leslie
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Joe Anderson ... John
Ricky Tomlinson ... Freddie
Laura Fraser ... Helen
Autumn Federici ... Dental Nurse
Billy Zane ... Dentist
John Raine John Raine ... Terry
Zaf Naqvi Zaf Naqvi ... Bookie
Richard Alan Reid ... Barman (as Richard Reid)
Max Brown ... Wagner
Luke Evans ... Adrian
Anna Schafer ... Stan (as Anna Anissimova)
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ... Claimant Man
Anton Lesser ... Bruno
Mark Williams ... Raymond
Kirsty Jobling Kirsty Jobling ... Gail
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Chancer John lives for playing the odds - and he's always willing to take a calculated risk. But when he meets the mysterious and beautiful female bookie Stan, he discovers there's much more to gambling than just greyhounds and horses. Lured by her huge payoffs, John finds himself sucked into a surreal and dangerous world ruled by money, power and control. The question is how far will John go for the ultimate last big win?

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Drama | Thriller

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UK

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English

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17 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)
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Will you enjoy it? Take a punt...
19 May 2018 | by iantraderSee all my reviews

It starts with a voice over from protagonist Joe Anderson who sounds uncannily like Marc Warren (he of Hustle fame) and, I'm afraid, I can't stand the accent. Although I loved the series, I hated his character. So with such associations still burning deep, Flutter gets off to a very poor start for me.

Coupled with the protagonist's disheveled/scruffy look and his 'job' as a professional punter (and the way he goes about it is not at all how professional bettors work) it's unbelievable that the lovely Laura Fraser could ever fancy him. Well, beyond my suspension of disbelief.

Having said all that he plays a good part as a chavvy gambler although I doubt that's the original idea.

There are cameos from Billy Zane and Anton Lesser (who must be desperate for work). The femme fatale is Anna Anissimova (or Anna Schafer as she seems to be known now) who has an absolutely brilliant part but doesn't quite manage to pull it off. Whether that's her or the director, who knows but she just doesn't have the depth, menace or gravitas.

The plot is far from original. Most reviewers quote Cheap Thrills (although Flutter preceded it) but there are other similar storylines, too. There are several little plot holes if you watch with more than one eye, and the ending is unsatisfactory at best and a cop-out at worst.

So, overall disappointing and really should have been better. You mighty enjoy it, but I'm not betting on it.

See what I did there...?


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