My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Croupier (1998)

MIKE HODGES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBFrance/United Kingdom/Germany/Ireland, 1998ARTE, Channel Four Films, La Sept-Arte, Little Bird, Tatfilm, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Alex Kingston and Clive Owen in Croupier.

Stardom for Clive Owen came about thanks to this stylish, minor heist film. He plays a struggling writer who becomes a croupier in a casino for the cash, getting more and more addicted to the night life and allowing his relationship with his girlfriend () to fall to pieces. Meanwhile, a burgeoning affair with a casino regular () results in his being drawn into a robbery plan that seems foolproof…but are they ever? Highly entertaining, thoroughly engaging, this wonderful film is probably more responsible for the Guy Ritchie ripoffs than Ritchie himself is, but none of them have topped it yet.

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