CroupierDirector: Mike Hodges
A man finds his personal and professional loyalties divides by his new career at a casino in this crime drama. Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is a cocky, supremely confident man who wants to be a writer. Jack's long struggle to finish his first novel has landed him deep in debt, and his father (Nicholas Ball) volunteers to get him a job in a casino in London. While Jack doesn't gamble himself, he has the dexterity (and enough contempt for the game) to be a good dealer. He's soon making a tidy living as a dealer, despite the objections of his girlfriend, Marion (Gina McKee), who thinks his job is taking him away from his true calling as a writer. Against the orders of his boss, Jack has a fling with Bella (Kate Hardie), another dealer at the casino, and allows himself to be seduced by one of his customers, Jani (Alex Kingston). However, it turns out Jani wants more than sex from Jack; she and her compatriots have a plan to rob the casino and they want Jack to be their man on the inside. Croupier was directed by Mike Hodges, whose first film was the classic British thriller Get Carter.
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- Henstooth Video
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Cast & Crew
|Clive Owen||Jack Manfred|
|Alex Kingston||Jani de Villiers|
|Nicholas Ball||Jack's Father|
|Rhona Mitra||Girl with Joint|
|Doremy Vernon||Woman #1|
|Jon Bunker||Production Designer|
|Caroline Harris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|James Mitchell||Executive Producer|
|Michael Murray||Asst. Director|
|Alexander Scherer||Art Director|
|Ivan Sharrock||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Simon Fisher Turner||Score Composer|
|Martin Wiebel||Associate Producer|
1. Start [6:31]
2. A New Job [12:29]
3. First Night [7:57]
4. Professional Gambler [7:09]
5. Conscience [7:52]
6. Cheats [6:35]
7. A Double Life [7:26]
8. Card Game [12:14]
9. The Challenge [6:26]
10. The Big Night [6:27]
11. It's All Numbers [10:11]
12. End Credits [2:58]
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one of the best movies i've seen in a long time -- Clive Owen is a mysteriously great actor --
So you have never heard of a Croupier, have no idea what one does, and to find out that it has something to do with casnios just seems to much of a guy movie? Wrong. I saw this movie in the theatre in London and it kept my attention and held me through the entire thing. One of the best films I have seen- not a lot of Hollywood to it, just a great story about doing a job really well. I really enjoyed this movie and I highly recommend it. I only wish i could get it here in the states in VHS!
Croupier is a slick, well done crime thriller that doesn't skimp on character developement. Clive Owen is perfect as the cooly detached casino dealer that knows the game too well to know that you can win. But he isn't smart enough to see that the femme fatale that enters the gambling house one night is big trouble. Neo-noir at it's best.
This film has style and substance. A great character sketch wrapped around a film noir plot. Clive Owen plays a Humphrey Bogart character with the looks and manners of a James Bond. Great film!
The script was amazingly complex. It's one of those movies you need to watch (and can) at least three times. Clive Owen is also very impressive.
I was looking for films in which Clive Owen appears and, after being disappointing in a few that I sampled, finally stumbled onto "Croupier." This one is worth your time. Owen plays a writer (Jack Manfred) struggling to find a setting and plot for his first novel. His only support, both emotional and financial, is from his live-in lover who nonetheless is also quick to judge both his product and his purpose. Down to his last pennies, with a phone-call tip and encouragement from his father, Jack reluctantly takes a job as a card dealer, a craft he already knows all too well. He detests the work and the gambling environment, but he hopes his tenure in the occupation will only be temporary until he can find direction for his writing. Ironically, it is this repugnant experience as a croupier and the particular events that surround his life in the casino which actually provide the inspiration he has been seeking. Owen is brilliant in this understated, but very believable performance. One of his better efforts, he convincingly portrays an enigmatic figure, not trying to overcompensate for the measured pace of the film. He is the riveting focus of a story that is more than just about wins and losses on the Black Jack tables. It is also a tale that poses compelling moral questions, choices concerning fidelity, honesty, and mission. To his credit, Director Mike Hodges does not overburden us with too much action. He also has Jack narrate, a device which not only helps to explain some of the technical aspects of card playing, but, more importantly, provides a writer's sensibility to the film. Hodges is not so good in his overall approach, however, typically failing to include crucial information about some of his characters, presumably to allow us to draw our own conclusions (if only this guy could edit). Fortunately, those flaws are not enough to detract from the film's thrust or mystery, including a surprise twist toward the end. Wonderful supporting performances by McKee, Kingston and Hardie complement what we get from Owen, making this, in total, a very good movie to see. I caution you, though: listen carefully to what Jake has to say.