Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an unassuming bank manager in Toronto lives modestly, dives a used car, and is dating one of the bank's clerks, a sweet but mousy girl named Belinda (Minnie Driver). Unbeknown to all around him, Mahowny leads a secret life as a compulsive gambler, and is embezzling millions of dollars from his employers to feed his ever-increasing gambling obsession. But how long can Mahowny continue living for the thrill of the bet before getting caught?
Worth taking a gamble on this one
- Owning Mahowny review by BE
Philip Seymour Hoffman giving a very understated performance as a compulsive gambler in what was apparently a true story. He turned in a terrific performance as did John Hurt as a casino boss. I'm surprised JH travelled to the USA for this movie as he had more of a supporting role. I'm not sure the movie would have held the interest with any other actor than PHS taking the lead role but he did and it did!