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Owning Mahowny (2003)

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A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

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Gary Stephen Ross (book), Maurice Chauvet (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Dan Mahowny
Minnie Driver ... Belinda
John Hurt ... Victor Foss
Maury Chaykin ... Frank Perlin
Ian Tracey ... Det. Ben Lock
Sonja Smits ... Dana Selkirk
K.C. Collins ... Bernie (as Chris Collins)
Jason Blicker ... Dave Quinson
Vince Corazza ... Doug (as Vincent Corazza)
Roger Dunn ... Bill Gooden
Eric Fink Eric Fink ... Psychologist
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang ... Parking Attendant
Tanya Henley Tanya Henley ... Teller
Brona Brown Brona Brown ... Teller
Philip Craig ... Briggs
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Storyline

Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four, he was Assistant Manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues, he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive, and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny, the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over ten million dollars in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The true story of a mild mannered banker and his magnificent obsession. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Queda de um Jogador See more »

Filming Locations:

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,287, 4 May 2003

Gross USA:

$1,011,871

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,271,244
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character's name was changed to Dan Mahowny, in part because his real name (Brian Molony) was very similar to the name of the Canadian Prime Minister at the time (Brian Mulroney). See more »

Goofs

The Chevrolet Caprice driven by Lock is a late-'80s to 1990 model. The film is set in 1982. See more »

Quotes

Dan Mahowny: How much for the bags?
Car Rental Girl: They're free for customers.
Dan Mahowny: Great, can I have one?
Car Rental Girl: Well, you're not a customer, so...
Dan Mahowny: Okay... how much for the bags?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits you'll see the strongroom door from the start again and hear the sound of the ball in a roulette wheel. Rien ne vas plus. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #1.2 (2004) See more »

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The True Story on Gambling Obsession
11 February 2006 | by gasladSee all my reviews

Canadian movies- especially those made with taxpayers' dollars- have always bored me. But "Owning Mahowny" broke the mold, and is a mesmerizing exception to the rule. I am amazed this film did not meet with more popular success, given the critical acclaim it received.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of the bland and somewhat shabby banker who embezzled 10 million to support his gambling addiction is spot on. I can say this with some authority since I knew "Mahowny" personally back in high school, where his predilection for the racetrack and for fleecing junior students at cards was legendary. The seedy clothes, the clunker car, and the repressed demeanor all ring true. Kudos to Hoffman for a riveting performance.

Gambling movies (The Cincinnati Kid, The Hustler) have by and large ignored the addiction angle. This film delivers- in spades.


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