Owning Mahowny details
|Starring:||Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Sonja Smits, John Hurt, Maury Chaykin|
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Entertaining Little IndieBy Goldenboots (53 reviews) from East Grinstead, England , 05 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Philip Seymour Hoffman, at last ,gets a leading role in this entertaining little black comedy, instead of his usual role of supporting actor. And he is, as always, superb as a bank manager who is addicted to gambling and runs up enormous debts , running into millions.And of course the only way to pay them off and gamble more is by robbing his own bank. Great stuff, but it's all carried by Hoffman, without him the film would grind slowly to its inevitable end. John Hurt puts on some sort of accent as a Casino boss and Minnie Driver is, well , Minnie Driver, but watch this just to see Hoffman.
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BORING!!!!By a customer from TOWCESTER , 24 Apr 2005NOT BAD BUT BORING IN PARTS,DON,T WATCH IT WHEN YOUR SLEEPY,
WWWHHHAAATTT TTTHHHEEE???????By a customer from Stevenage, England , 29 Mar 2005Very slow and you knew the storyline almost from the start. Certain parts of the film you guessed why they were showing you these parts because it would happen to him, The security guards bit for example. predictable and slow not recommended
Banking problems?By Bobnessuk (169 reviews) from LONDON , 17 Nov 2004A tightly-made Canadian film based on the true story of a bank employee who embezzled millions of dollars to fuel his gambling addiction. It?s a pretty straight-forward account of the events but it?s beautifully acted, especially by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Trouble is, he plays the part with such sweaty authenticity that it sometimes makes very uncomfortable viewing.
I have a financial problem!By Clucky from Cardiff, Wales , 04 Nov 2004Based on a true story, Philip Seymour-Hoffman (PSH) plays Canadian Dan Mahowny, a banker who abuses his position to fund his gambling addiction.
If stealing from his employer wasn?t enough, he places his bets with shady small-time mobsters and eventually finds himself under the control of casino owner Victor Foss (John Hurt)
Whilst PSH perfectly captures the ?little man in too deep? angle of his character, he is ultimately restricted to little more than a series of sorrowful looks and slumped body language, which doesn?t really draw upon his undoubted talent. The plot itself, I felt, was too engrossed in the mechanics of gambling and the workings of the casino system, rather than examining the demons that were driving Mahowny?s addictive behaviour. You only have to compare the screen time given to important characters like Mahowny?s girlfriend (the ?de-glamorised? Minnie Driver) to the amount given to shots of rolling dice and beads of sweat, to see that the characters were not driving the plot.
Perhaps I?m being a bit too harsh on this film because, overall, it isn?t that bad a film. The fact that Mahowny is not the warmest of characters to grace the screen didn?t help and despite the fact the guy had a serious problem, I didn?t really feel a great deal of sympathy for him. The bleak, wintry cinematography adds to the relentless melancholy and eventually it just wore my interest down. Whilst this is certainly a far more ?serious? look at the issue of gambling than say the mob orientated Goodfellas or Casino, these films were entertaining whereas watching this one is a bit of a chore. 3 out of 5.
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Any film with Philip ...By John#28 from BROMLEY , 11 Oct 2004Any film with Philip Seymour Hoffman in it is worth watching, and this is no exception. In his typically brillaint acting under-stated acting style, Hoffman plays a man addicted to gambling.