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      Owning Mahowny

      2003, Drama, 1h 44m

      96 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      This story of addiction may lack the typical flash and glamour, but Hoffman makes Mahowny compelling. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      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.

      • Rating: R (Some Sexuality|Language)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Richard Kwietniowski

      • Producer: Andras Hamori, Seaton McLean, Alessandro Camon

      • Writer: Maurice Chauvet, Gary Ross

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $1.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

      • Production Co: Alliance Atlantis Communications

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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      • Jun 06, 2014

        <i>-How would you rate the thrill you got from gambling on a scale of 1 to 100? -Um... A hundred. -What about the biggest thrill you've ever had outside of gambling? -Twenty.</i> Life can sometimes overcome fiction and its rules of probabilities as shown in the real-life-based film by Richard Kwietniowski about an unassuming bank employee whose areas of his personal life slowly begin to hit a new bottom when his ability to transfer funds in an out of the bank after a promotion and approving loans to non-existent clients meet his addiction: gambling. With a low-key execution, the story unfolds patiently, but with not the impact that could mirror the mathematical and even legal implications that this event suggests it had in real life. It also carries a strong message in the end, which is only suggested with the final dialogue quoted above, but not developed fully with that intensity of living at least five times less intensely outside the addiction. Nevertheless, the grand Seymour Hoffman knows how to stay with his troubled character, and John Hurt is terrific as the badass and calculating bastard casino manager. 58/100

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      • May 14, 2012

        hoffman creates a character who is trapped in a downward spiral of addicition. this is one interesting film that went unheard of. hoffman is criminally underrated and this role is proof of that

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      • Feb 07, 2012

        A great movie on the drawbacks of gambling. Once again, Hoffman is putting together masterpieces away from the view of most of the general public. A shame.

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      • Nov 29, 2011

        Straightforward but enthralling, "Owning Mahowny" is a rousing character study of incredible performances, most notably from Philip Seymour Hoffman as the titular character. Overall, the film doesn't feel like it's about gambling addiction as much as it is about one man's bad luck, but it has its moments.

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