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R| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
Toronto bank employee Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) seems like an honest man to his coworkers and loving girlfriend, Belinda (Minnie Driver). None of them realize that he is actually a compulsive gambler who steals from the bank's accounts to pay off his bookie, Frank (Maury Chaykin), and fund regular trips to casinos. Sleazy casino boss Victor (John Hurt) encourages Dan to amass more and more debt, until the missing money becomes hard to hide, and Dan's life spirals out of control.

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman , Minnie Driver , Maury Chaykin , John Hurt , Sonja Smits , Ian Tracey , Roger Dunn , Jason Blicker

Director: Richard Kwietniowski

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Owning Mahowny (2003)

Release Date: May 2nd, 2003|1 hr. 44 min.

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  • A fascinating fact-based portrait of a gambling addict. show more

  • There are some effectively suspenseful moments in the movie, particularly during the gambling sequences, but one longs for more context and probing into the psyche of an ordinary man with an extraordinary compulsion. show more

  • An unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed. The junkie was clearly Mahowny, but the greed, in a way, was everybody else's: the bankers', their flush clientele's, and the casinos', all busy feeding his habit. show more

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Isn't it fun watching shady characters rise and fall on the big screen? The best are the scenes of excess, when they're at the top of their game. Y'know, with the wads of cash, private jets and...

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