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Croupier [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton, Barnaby Kay
  • Directors: Mike Hodges
  • Writers: Paul Mayersberg
  • Producers: Christine Ruppert, Jake Lloyd, James Mitchell, Jonathan Cavendish, Martin Wiebel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AFNT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Feature Length: 90 mins Approx
Video aspect ratio: Feature - 16:9 Anamorphic
Main Soundtrack: English, Stereo
Disc Format: Single sided. Single layer DVD 5> Subtitles: English Hard of hearing
Colour

Special Features Trailer
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A classic slow burner of a film, Croupier has risen from a lowly status on release to recognition as one of the best British movies of the 1990s. Certainly, there are few better examples of how to combine a genuinely original premise with an eye for the mainstream market. The film's success stems from three key factors: strong story, star and director. Clive Owen is incredible as Jack Manfred, an aspiring but unsuccessful writer who, having taken a job in a casino, becomes embroiled in a seedy underworld. Director Mike Hodges brings all his experience to bear on the project and there can probably few more qualified to explore London's darker side than the man behind the original Get Carter. The supporting cast too is excellent and although Alex Kingston (in her pre-ER days) will grab most attention, it is the perennially superb Gina McKee who shines as Manfred's exasperated girlfriend Marion.

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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Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is a writer in search of inspiration who needs a "real" job to make ends meet at least until he manages to finish and sell his first book. Taking advantage of his previous experience as a croupier, Jack somehow ends up in a casino, where he will find not only a way to earn the money he needs, but also the inspiration he was seeking so desperately. Jack decides that "he would write about the world he knew, from the inside".
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".
Belen Alcat
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Entirely unconvincing and full of plot holes. I felt particularly sorry for Gina McKee who has an absurd, unplayable role, while some of the other performances are just shockingly bad. A big disappointment from Mike Hodges!
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2011
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Jack Manfred is a struggling writer who is set up by his gambler father for a job dealing at a London casino. Catching inspiration from the seedy setting of his employment, Jack starts to write about his experiences. But although it makes for a good story, the reality is that his life is spiralling out of control.

Croupier is known for two main things outside of being a good and interesting film. Firstly is that it launched the career of Clive Owen, lifting him out of the TV mainstay league and into the Hollywood subconscious. Secondly is that it was largely ignored on release in its homeland of Britain, but after America took a liking to Mike Hodges tantalising tale, it scored a re-release and Owen and the film have not really looked back since.

Tho not quite deserving of the sleeper gem reputation it has, Croupier none the less is a strong London based thriller set amongst the ducking and diving world of the all night casino. Led by an engaging Owen performance, the characters are meaty, with Hodges and his writer Paul Mayersburg creating a nice line in paranoiac mystery. There's a bit of an overdose of twisters in the final straight, but in the main Croupier comfortably holds the attention span for its 90 odd minutes running time. 7/10
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Jack Manfred is a struggling novelist in London. To make ends meet, he sells his beloved car and gets a job as a croupier at the Golden Lion Casino.

Jack had previous training as such back in South Africa. He doesn't particularly like being a croupier, but he's good at it and finds a certain pleasure in watching gamblers, for who he has disdain, lose.

The casino has a strict set of employee policies, including no gambling ever, no relationships with other casino employees and no fraternising at all with the gamblers - also known as the punters - outside of the casino.

Although Jack cannot tolerate cheaters, he is not averse to bending rules when it suits him

As time goes on, he begins to observe casino life with a certain distance, through the eyes of "Jake", the main character in his novel and his alter ego......

A lot of people do not get this film because of the fact that it's jack playing out his character Jake for the second half of the film, and no the film noir some think it is.

This is a man in purgatory, living a life that no one wants, starting work as his girlfriend finishes, and comes home when she is going to work, the people he meets are false, or desperate, and when he gets close, they disappear or turn out to be something different.

So why not live out a fantasy world, in order to get your dream underway (writing your novel).

Many have said that Owen is wooden in this, I disagree greatly here, his motivation is to play someone unattached with the real world, to appear withdrawn, after all the world he is in at work is full of fantasy and falsehood.

The rest of the cast are great, and the ending lets the movie down ever so slightly, but all in all it's an amazing movie, full of vibrant images, and that undoubted cheap nineties feel.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2015
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This appears on first viewing to be a mixture of heist movie, whodunnit and moral tale; and largely it transpires that it is all three with the separation achieved by Clive Owen's delphic stare as he takes on the role of the croupier. Owen is an actor who knows how to deliver a line and to track an emotion. Seldom was it better seen in action than here. A fine film, but then it is from Mike Hodges.
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Superb film. I believe this film explores the boundaries between fact and fiction, life becoming art and art becoming life. It is about writing or creating anything out of nothing. Jack Manfred is the detatched voyeur, looking down on his subject, the casino. also, he is writing about the gamble of everyday life. But he himself doesn't gamble. He wants to get into people's heads as they read his novel on the tube. an underground man! ha ha. The only problem is, he's becoming his main character as he is writing it. He is becoming Jake. Jake is the protagonist, the zombie and little shi* as Marion, his girlfriend calls him when she reads it. He has also gotten himself entangled in a robbery at the casino where he works. Is it Jack or is it Jake? or both?
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...
enjoy
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