The Croupier

The Croupier
  • 1997
  • UK
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mike Hodges
  • Written by: Paul Mayersberg
  • Cast: Clive Owen, Alex Kingston, Gina McKee, Kate Hardie, Nicholas Ball

Jack (Owen) is a struggling writer who takes up a job in a London casino where he quickly proves himself to be an accomplished croupier. But he finds himself assisting Jeni (Kingston), a South African gambler who's apparently in debt to a gang of criminals. Hodges' taut, intelligent and darkly amusing drama combines cinematic flair and thematic substance, unfolding in a dream-like, hall-of-mirrors world, peopled by con artists, card sharks, and inveterate liars. Propelled by Owen's impressively watchful and poised central performance, it boasts a delicious Oedipal twist in its denouement.

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