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The writer slumming for human truths and real experience is a common enough story, but this cool-headed and slick thriller provides a gut-churningly compelling backdrop to a look at our darker sides.



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London's gambling world is the setting for this complex thriller, where aspiring writer Jack Manfred, suffering from writer's block, takes a job as a croupier to support his art. Knowing the dangers of the cards, Jack is adamant about remaining a professional outsider, but the temptations of the game inevitably swallow him deeper than he could have ever anticipated.

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Clive Owen
as Jack Manfred
Alex Kingston
as Jani de Villiers
Gina McKee
as Marion
Nicholas Ball
as Jack's Father
Rhona Mitra
as Girl with Joint
Simon Fisher Turner
as Ironic Punter
Alexander Morton
as David Reynolds
Ozzie Yue
as Mr. Tchai
Ciro De Chiara
as Arabic Man
Barnaby Kay
as Car Dealer
Sheila Whitfield
as Manicurist
Eddie Osei
as Indian Punter
George Khan
as Med. Man
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Critic Reviews for Croupier

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Audience Reviews for Croupier


Unconventional story - almost a head-scratcher to follow - that's plagued, unfortunately, by a low budget and a strange lack of reaction by the protagonist when someone close to him dies. Solid contemporary noir, though, that sets up a few narrative frames: Jack is a writer who works as a croupier, writing a novel about Jake, a croupier... Striking, original film that does a lot with a little and features a good performance by a young Clive Owen. Roll the dice on it [rimshot goes here]!

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

There are few movies that actually take a look at the deep issues of people in the gambling business. Clive Owens was just fantastic playing Jack, a writer to be while having a talent with cards. With a wonderful story, the stylish background was beautiful. If you liked this, you should watch Hard Eight.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

This movie has a lot of things going for it. Clive Owen, gambling and violence. But as an American used to American movies of the same nature, this movie just doesn't pul it's own weight. It is a "crime drama thriller," that fails to be thrilling.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Hang On Tightly... Let Go Lightly

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Wahida K

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