A Provocative Look at the worlds of horse racing and gambling told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a California racetrack, "Luck" is an intriguing drama from Emmy Award winner David Milch and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Michael Mann. Intuitive tough guy Chester "Ace" Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations - and was recently released after a three-year prison term. He teams up with Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California. As they plot out Ace's strategy, the pair recruits Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation. In the meantime, an old trainer, Walter Smith (Nick Nolte) nurtures a possible breakthrough thoroughbred, while a ragtag group of four racetrack groupies band together to try to catch lightning in a bottle - as winners of an elusive Pick Six bet.
Animal deaths too much to take
- Luck: Series 1 review by Sortilege
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Despite being beautifully shot and played, I could hardly understand what was going on in this HBO series. I had a slight problem with the early Wire episodes, but soon got into the demotic, and became enslaved. This was so gnomic as to be incomprehensible, so I looked up the plot summaries to get a handle on the thing. This is when I discovered that THREE horses were killed during shooting, so for an animal lover like me, that was the finish. Also that HBO cancelled it after only one series on account of the animals' deaths. It might have been a help for CP to let the subscribers know this before we hired the discs.