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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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Mikey
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Buddy Stafford
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Charlene
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Nicky Fingers Bonnatto
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Johnny Cappella
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Highway Officer (as MC Gainey)
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Doris
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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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Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe de suerte  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,973, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

When Bernie pulls up to his motel room, just prior to discovering Natalie's injuries following Shelly's visit to their room, the faulty neon sign for the EZ Mini Market is reflected in his car's windscreen. At one point it displays EZ Mark, a reference to the earlier story about how he and Shelly used to identify potential victims for a con, marking them with chalk. At the point Natalie confesses to having been paid by Shelly to get close to him, she calls Bernie and Easy (EZ) Mark. 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 »

Connections

Featured in This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Can I Steal a Little Love
(1953)
Written by Phil Tuminello
Arranged by Kevin Antunes
Performed by Joey Fatone
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Brilliant Fable
29 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Wonderfully acted modern day fable of love luck ego venality and redemption. Baldwin and Macy are their brilliant opaque selves. The sex scenes are realistic. The director never gets in the way of the linear narrative and the A, B and C stories intertwine like rope. The camera loves Macy as it has in every single frame he's ever filled. Baldwin slips into his character like legs into stockings, Maria Bello proves beyond her role in PAYBACK that she can play in the Bigs and all the secondary character acting is seamless. A film more than a movie. A sleeper hit to me. You'll love it or hate it.


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