Mike Hodges (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
As an account of double-dealing in a London casino, this is fascinating in its detail, but the improbable romantic backdrop given to the story by scriptwriter Paul Mayersberg does director Mike Hodges no favours. Clive Owen plays Jack, a trained croupier-turned-struggling writer who is prompted by his buccaneering father (Nicholas Ball) to return to the tables. His store-detective girlfriend (Gina McKee) is less than impressed, but casino life gives Jack's creativity the impetus it needs and he meets other people who are more interested in his dealing abilities. Owen's poker-faced acting doesn't involve us, while the story strands never properly intertwine. Since Get Carter, Hodges hasn't found his niche, though there are moments here that prove he's still a film-maker to be reckoned with.


A failed writer takes a job at a casino to support himself - and soon becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot to rob his employer, thanks to the attentions of a mysterious woman. Mike Hodges' crime drama, starring Clive Owen, Alex Kingston and Kate Hardie.

Cast & Crew

Jack Manfred Clive Owen
Jani de Villiers Alex Kingston
Bella Kate Hardie
Jack Manfred Sr Nicholas Ball
Marion Neil Gina McKee
Giles Cremorne Nick Reding
David Reynolds Alexander Morton
Car dealer Barnaby Kay
Barber John Radcliffe
Manicurist Sheila Whitfield
Casino supervisor David Hamilton
Director Mike Hodges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film FourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 1 Jun 2001