Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Canada/United Kingdom, 2003. Alliance Atlantis Communications, Astral Media, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Natural Nylon Entertainment, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Téléfilm Canada. Screenplay by Maurice Chauvet, based on the book by Gary Stephen Ross. Cinematography by Oliver Curtis. Produced by Alessandro Camon, Andras Hamori, Seaton McLean. Music by Richard Grassby-Lewis, The Insects. Production Design by Taavo Soodor. Costume Design by Gersha Phillips. Film Editing by Mike Munn.
Fascinating drama that charts the true story of a Toronto bank executive (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who cooked his client’s books for two years in order to feed his own massive gambling addiction. Considered a colourless, unnoticeable suit at home, Hoffman flies down regularly to Atlantic City and is treated like a sheik by the manager (John Hurt) of the casino he frequents. It isn’t long, however, before his thieving ways catch up with him and his horrified girlfriend (Minnie Driver) learns about the life Hoffman has been leading. This wonderful little sibling to Casino features excellent direction by Love And Death On Long Island‘s Richard Kwietniowski, a mesmerizing lead performance by Hoffman and a host of terrific supporting roles by Driver, Vince Corazza, Sonja Smits and Maury Chaykin.