On the DVD: Croupier includes an audio commentary by Mike Hodges, which is a must for all students of cinema and practically amounts to a masterclass in filmmaking. His belief in the movie is obvious, as is his admiration for his cast, particularly Owen. He also provides a step-by-step breakdown on the cinematic process and gives a fascinating insight into the thinking behind his direction. The film looks fantastic on the enhanced format; a breathtaking mix of sumptuous colour and menacing darkness. --Phil Udell
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As a consequence, he starts to write a book based on his experiences in the casino, and at the same time shares with us the world of numbers, and odds. For some spectators, watching this film will be similar to visiting a new world that they weren't aware of before...
The director (Mike Hodges) mixed the events with Jack's detached reflections on them, and the result is quite good. I found some of Jack's insights particularly interesting, for example those about people who are addicted to gambling, and their behaviour.
In general, this is a great movie, somewhat acid but very good all the same. I strongly recommend it to you, and I give it 4.5 stars out of 5. I guarantee that after watching it you won't regard gambling in the same way. And remember, "You have to make the choice in life. Be a gambler or a croupier. And then live with your decision come what may".
If you like cynical and comic narration and if you liked American Psycho, then you should love this. Clive Owen and Christian Bale in these films have pulled out performances which may not be matched for the rest of their careers. But for art and becoming art, its worth it, isn't it?
What a shame this film was ignored in Britain, it actually did not get a full release at theatres, but i was lucky enough to be living in london near an arthouse cinema. If you love playful, intelligent and complex films and If you've secretly wanted to be a writer, this film is definitely for you. This is cinema at its very best, the best british film in many, many years. Yes there are flaws here and there, but this is the most addictive film i think i've ever watched. REPETITIVE VIEWING IS ESSENTIAL!!! Thankyou Mike Hodges.
Its all numbers, the croupier thought...
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