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Owning Mahowny Nobody plays shlubby, quiet desperation quite like Hoffman, whose Dan Mahowny is a nondescript bank manager with a ''financial problem.'' He's been...Owning MahownyComedy, Mystery and ThrillerPT107MR Nobody plays shlubby, quiet desperation quite like Hoffman, whose Dan Mahowny is a nondescript bank manager with a ''financial problem.'' He's been...2003-10-17Maury ChakinJohn HurtSonja SmitsMaury Chakin, John Hurt, Sonja SmitsSony Pictures Classics
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Owning Mahowny

Genre: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Minnie Driver, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maury Chakin, John Hurt, Sonja Smits; Director: Richard Kwietniowski; Author: Maurice Chauvet, Richard Kwietniowski; Release Date Limited: 05/02/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 107; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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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