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The Cooler (2003)

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

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Buddy Stafford
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Charlene
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Johnny Cappella
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Storyline

The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance. Written by Anonymous

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When your life depends on losing... the last thing you need is lady luck. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe de suerte  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$128,973 (USA) (30 November 2003)

Gross:

$8,243,880 (USA) (21 March 2004)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The back alley scenes were filmed in Fulton alley, behind the Nugget. The director's commentary talks about the alley's graffiti, which is still there today, and was not added for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Shelly confronts Natalie in the hotel room he throws two armfuls of clothes (on hangers) on the bed. The next shot shows only a suitcase with neatly folder clothes in it on the bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Casino employee: Where's Bernie, they're killing us. Yeah, we need him right away.
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Crazy Credits

Maria Bello's face is reflected on the side of the "Lady Luck" hotel. See more »

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Referenced in Primeval: Episode #2.2 (2008) See more »

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You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
(1932)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Paul Sorvino
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Enjoyable movie with some warts
29 September 2006 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie. Wonderful performances all over, especially by Baldwin and Macy. Also, I felt intrigued by the character that Baldwin portrayed - a bad guy for whom you feel sorry. You don't see that every day, in your typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood movie. So why didn't it receive more than a six from me? One word: Predictability. All the supposedly interesting little plot-twists, you could see them coming a mile away. Also, the dialogue was at times somewhat cliché ("You don't have any real friends" or "I think I love you. No, wait. I'm *sure* I love you." - lines like these are going to come out goofy, even from the mouths of great actors.


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