Croupier (2000)

Croupier
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 31mins.
Genres Drama, Crime, Thriller
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
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    If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be on the dealing end of a casino table, "Croupier" antes up.StoryAnti-hero, Jack Manfred (Clive Owen), is a cold-hearted bloke who warms to the thrill of watching the "punters" lose in the London casino where he works. The twist: He really wants to write a novel, and he hopes to use his job to gather material for his book. While most gambling films focus on the bettor, "Croupier" explores the often-overlooked view from the dealer: the house rules they incessantly break, the temptation to cheat and the pressure of orchestrating the constant games.Acting You can't take your eyes off Owen, who is mesmerizing as the poker-faced dealer. He glides through his days and nights with a laconic stare, lying glibly to strangers and never missing a trick at the casino. Supporting performances add to the slightly seedy air. Alex Kingston (Dr. Elizabeth Corday on"ER") affecting a bad South African accent, plays a gambler in debt (is there any other kind?) and Gina McKee is Jack's quietly conniving girlfriend.DirectionDespite subtle plotlines, the film's pace never flags. Mike Hodges, who directed the Michael Caine classic "Get Carter," keeps false sentiment out of Manfred's story, developing it in measured, cool strokes. Along the way, viewers are lured into the seductive textures and sounds of the gaming tables -- cards fanned across the green felt, the click and whir of roulette balls.Bottom Line Not only will you think twice about chatting idly with your next blackjack dealer, you'll pick up a few new card tricks.

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Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Clive Owen Actor Jack Manfred 1 1000001
Kate Hardie Actor Bella 1 1000002
Alex Kingston Actor Jani de Villiers 1 1000003
Gina McKee Actor Marion Neil 1 1000004
Nicholas Ball Actor Jack Senior 1 1000005
Nick Reding Actor Giles Cremorne 1 1000006
Alexander Morton Actor David Reynolds 1 1000007
Barnaby Kay Actor Car Dealer 1 1000008
John Radcliffe Actor Barber 1 1000009
Sheila Whitfield Actor Manicurist 1 1000010
Carol Davis Actor Table Supervisor 1 1000011
Eddie Osei Actor West Indian Punter 1 1000012
Doremy Vernon Actor Woman no 1 1 1000013
Claudine Carter Actor Woman 2 1 1000014
Ursula Alberts Actor Madame Claude 1 1000015
Neville Phillips Actor White-haired Man 1 1000016
Paul Reynolds Actor Matt 1 1000017
Ozzie Yue Actor Mr Tchai 1 1000018
Joanna Drummond Actor Agnes 1 1000019
Manfred Heiden Actor Mr Tchai's Bodyguard 1 1000020
Ciro De Chiara Actor Andros 'Cheat' 1 1000021
Rhona Mitra Actor Girl with Joint 1 1000022
John Baker Actor Couple in Toilet 1 1000023
Vida Garman Actor Couple in Toilet 1 1000024
George Khan Actor Coughing Man 1 1000025
Christine Niemoller Actor Pat 1 1000026
Claudia Barth Actor Waitress 1 1000027
Tom Mannion Actor Detective Inspector Ross 1 1000028
Arnold Zarom Actor Habib the Terrotist 1 1000029
James Clyde Actor Gordon 1 1000030
Emma Lewis Actor Fiona 1 1000031
Kate Fenwick Actor Chloe 1 1000032
Rosemarie Dunham Actor Jewish Woman 1 1000033
Simon Fisher-Turner Actor Ironic Punter 1 1000034
Mike Hodges Director n/a 2 2000001
Jonathan Cavendish Producer n/a 3 3000001
James Mitchell Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Christine Ruppert Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Martin Wiebel Associate Producer n/a 171 3000005
Paul Mayersberg Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Jake Lloyd Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Bernd Huckenbeck Production Manager (Germany) 305 5000002
Julie Clark Production Manager (United Kingdom) 305 5000003
Michael Murray Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Jez Murell Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Richard Walker Assistant Director n/a 163 5000006
Ulrike Hamacher Assistant Director (German unit) 163 5000007
Sascha Koszinowski Assistant Director (German unit) 163 5000008
Daniel Lloyd Post-Production Supervisor (United Kingdom) 120796 5000009
Mark Shorrock Location Manager (United Kingdom unit) 193 5000010
Gabriele Goiczyk Unit Location Manager (German unit) 121126 5000011
Claudia Hodel Production Coordinator (German unit) 162 5000012
Ingrid Litman Production Coordinator (United Kingdom) 162 5000013
Catherine Allison Continuity n/a 890 5000014
Mike Garfath Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Gordon Hayman Camera Operator n/a 239 6000002
Les Healey Editor n/a 172 7000001
Simon Turner Music n/a 120781 8000001
Gilad Altzman Music saxophone/clarinet 120781 8000002
Simon Fisher-Turner Music guitar/keyboards 120781 8000003
Richard Preston Music Producer music producer/mixer 323 8000004
Pete Rackman Performer piano 120819 8000005
Jon Bunker Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Gillie Delap Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Gernot Thondel Set Decorator prop buyer/set decorator(German unit) 165 9000003
Ian Hill Art Director n/a 183 9000004
Alexander Scherer Art Director (German unit) 183 9000005
Leo Davis Casting n/a 179 10000001
David Hamilton Supervisor casino supervisor 120845 11000001
Carol Davis Consultant croupier trainer 120784 12000001
David Harris Consultant casino consultant 120784 12000002
David Hamilton Advisor croupier advisor 120821 12000003
Caroline Harris Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Amanda Warburton Makeup (United Kingdom unit) 353 13000002
Horst Allert Makeup Artist n/a 120801 13000003
Delia Mundelein Makeup Artist n/a 120801 13000004
Ulrike Bruns Makeup Artist (German unit) 120801 13000005
Anja Bolck Wardrobe n/a 120823 13000006
Ursula Munstermann Wardrobe (German unit) 120823 13000007
Nicholas Heather Wardrobe Supervisor n/a 120908 13000008
Louis Elman ADR Voice Casting n/a 2515 14000001
Roy Baker Foley Artist n/a 223 14000002
Felicity Cottrell Foley Artist n/a 223 14000003
Jack Stew Foley Artist n/a 223 14000004
Jacques Leroide Foley Editor n/a 221 14000005
Mike Dowson Rerecording re-recording mixer 120995 14000006
Colin Miller Sound Editor n/a 229 14000007
Ivan Sharrock Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000008
Graeme Crowther Stunts stunt arranger 240 19000001
Gillie Delap Production production buyer 120824 25000001
Frank Meter Other locations(German unit) 120795 26000001
Nicky Ryde Other script associate 120795 26000002
Mary Coy Other croupier 120795 26000003
David Gant Other croupier 120795 26000004
Norbert Kleine Other croupier 120795 26000005
Lynsey Pinsent Other croupier 120795 26000006
Ulrich Vogel Other croupier 120795 26000007
Elke Wartmann Other croupier 120795 26000008
Synopsis
Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer who, suffering from a bad case of writer's block, takes a job as a croupier to support his art. Jack remains an observer, viewing the gamblers at his tables with the same cool detachment that he brings to the novel he begins to write about his on-the-job exploits. He never gambles yet, when a beautiful casino regular lures him into a dangerous but potentially lucrative caper, Jack is convinced the odds are with him. Little does he know that the temptations of the game will swallow him deeper than he could ever have anticipated.
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