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Owning Mahowny

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Owning Mahowny

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
107 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/02/03
performer:
Minnie Driver, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maury Chakin, John Hurt, Sonja Smits
director:
Richard Kwietniowski
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Maurice Chauvet, Richard Kwietniowski
genre:
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Nobody plays shlubby, quiet desperation quite like Hoffman, whose Dan Mahowny is a nondescript bank manager with a ”financial problem.” He’s been stealing from his clients’ considerable funds to feed a serious gambling addiction and fend off lenders. It’s a virtuoso performance, based on the true story of Canada’s largest one-man bank fraud, but there’s a catch. Hoffman assumes the least attractive aspects of addiction: Employees at the flashy Vegas casino he frequents call his character the Iceman, not because he’s fearsome, but because he’s dead-eyed, whether he’s up a million or down — and it’s difficult to summon much sympathy for a man so blandly driven to destruction. EXTRAS None.

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