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Croupier (1998)

Director:
Mike Hodges
COUNTRY
France/UK/
Germany/Ireland
GENRE
Drama/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Croupier
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
Jonathan Cavendish
Christine Ruppert
Screenwriter:
Paul Mayersberg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jack Manfred Clive Owen
Giles Cremorne Nick Reding
Marion Nell Gina McKee
Bella Kate Hardie
Jani de Villiers Alex Kingston

 

Review

Clive Owen plays an introverted, aspiring writer who takes a job as a casino croupier and returns to a world of gamblers and opportunists which he knows all too well. The film's little stroke of genius is the many wry, aloof observations offered by the title character as he spirals from a seemingly moral stronghold to a selfish opportunist, at the same pace as his consideration for himself and his own situation diminishes. The veteran English director Mike Hodges (Get Carter) has a refreshing, unsentimental approach and a crisp, direct narrative style. During the course of this film, he not only delivers an engaging and original crime story, but he also dissects the gambling business, removing all romanticism and fairytale from it in the process. A young and handsome Clive Owen demonstrates talent and confidence in the lead in what will stand as one of the most offbeat and best British films of the late 1990s.

 

Copyright 30.4.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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