Rent Croupier (1998)

3.7 of 5 from 88 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
A thriller set against the dark backdrop of London's gambling world. Clive Owen is Jack Manfred, an aspiring writer, forced to take a job as a croupier to make end meet. The job gradually takes over his life, affecting his relationship with lover Marion (Gina McKee). Jack is approached by Jani (Alex Kingston), a gambler who is down on her luck, to be the inside man during a heist at the casino where he works. Jack carefully considers the odds; it all looks so simple, but even a professional like Jack cannot anticipate what the final turn of the wheel will bring...
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Paul Mayersberg
Studio:
Cinema Club
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/04/2003
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer
  • Director's commentary
  • Audio description

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Reviews (1) of Croupier

Low budget film noir - Clive Owen's impassive face is perfect for the over-detached central role - Croupier review by RP

Spoiler Alert
05/02/2014

Mike Hodges directed the classic Brit gangster film 'Get Carter' - and here he is again, directing another low budget Brit (although, other than a few scene-setting location shots, filmed in Germany) classic film noir, this time starring Clive Owen.

I have always found Clive Owen to be a 'wooden' actor yet here his impassive face is perfect for his central role as a croupier in a casino, observing the punters as they inevitably lose their money.

Clive Owen plays aspiring author Jack Manfred, under pressure from his girlfriend who sees herself living with a successful author. Just for the money, he gets a job as a croupier at a London casino - he's had experience of the job while in S Africa - and uses his observations of the other staff as the basis for a novel. He is approached to be the 'inside man' for a bungled heist, his girlfriend is killed in a hit-and-run accident, and there is an ambiguous ending. But throughout it all, Jack / Jake (the protagonist in his novel) keeps a detached view on the gambling world and its losers...

It's not a thriller, it's quite slow moving, there's no crash-bang-wallop (there is a little bit of violence and mild sex scenes), and the attempted heist is a very minor part of the story. But the atmosphere and the cool, over-calculating presence of the perhaps unnaturally detached central character, Jack / Jake the croupier, is quite remarkable.

5/5 stars - excellent.

[Aside: Mike Hodges also directed Clive Owen in the slow-moving, atmospheric 2003 Brit gangster film 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead' - that's another of those films you either love or hate. Me, I quite liked it...]

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