DVD 101 mins IMDB 7.0 (8,717 votes)
NC-17
The Cooler
Lions Gate Films (2003)
In Collection
#30

My Rating:
6

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Comedy, Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

William H. Macy Bernie Lootz
Alec Baldwin Shelly Kaplow
Maria Bello Natalie Belisario
Shawn Hatosy Mikey
Ron Livingston Larry Sokolov
Paul Sorvino Buddy Stafford
Estella Warren Charlene
Arthur J. Nascarella Nicky 'Fingers' Bonnatto
Joey Fatone Johnny Cappella
M.C. Gainey Highway Officer
Ron Livingstone Larry Sokolov
Arthur Nascarella Nicky "Fingers" Bonnatto
Ellen Greene Doris
Don Scribner Lou
Tony Longo Tony
Richard Israel Marty Goldfarb
Timothy Landfield The Player

Director Wayne Kramer
Producer Sean Furst; Michael Pierce
Writer Frank Hannah; Wayne Kramer
Cinematography Jim Whitaker
Musician Mark Isham
User Credit 1 Arthur Coburn
User Credit 2 Kristin M. Burke

Writer/director Wayne Kramer offers a glimpse into the aging Las Vegas casino world with the romantic drama The Cooler. Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is extremely unlucky at gambling, and he owes the Shangri-La casino over 100,000 dollars. He is so unlucky that he is hired as a "cooler," someone to gamble next to high rollers and give them some of his bad luck to stop them from winning. This arrangement works out for awhile, until Bernie has almost paid off his debt and meets cocktail waitress Natalie Belisario (Maria Bello). The two start to fall in love and Bernie's luck begins to change. However, the old-fashioned mob boss Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin) isn't going to let Bernie go so easily. Meanwhile, Larry Sokolov (Ron Livingston) arrives on the scene to help update the business management of the old mobster-run casino. Also starring Joey Fatone and Paul Sorvino as lounge singers. The Cooler was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the dramatic competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. — Andrea LeVasseur

Edition Details
Barcode 031398118244
Region Region 1
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color
Personal Details
User Text 1 Strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use. (edited version)
User Text 2 When your life depends on losing... the last thing you need is lady luck.
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Notes
Trivia: William H. Macy said that when the film was shown in European film festivals, afterward people mostly discussed the script and the characters, but when the film was shown at American film festivals, people mostly discussed how good Maria Bello looked in her nude scenes. (more)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: In the motel, when Shelly confronts Natalie, the camera and its operator are reflected in the upper right-hand corner of the mirror. (more)

Quotes: Shelly: That guy is kryptonite on a stick. (more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations (more)