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FULL SYNOPSIS

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, Rovi

  • Release date:November 19, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Alec Baldwin Best Supporting Actor 2003 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Alec Baldwin Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Alec Baldwin Best Supporting Actor 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alec Baldwin Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alec Baldwin Best Supporting Actor 2003 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Alec Baldwin Best Supporting Actor 2003 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress 2003 Nominee

Cast

William H. Macy
as Bernie Lootz
Maria Bello
as Natalie Belisario
Alec Baldwin
as Shelly Kaplow
Shawn Hatosy
as Mikey
Ron Livingston
as Larry Sokolov
Paul Sorvino
as Buddy Stafford
Estella Warren
as Charlene
Arthur Nascarella
as Nicky "Fingers" Bonnatto
M.C. Gainey
as Highway Officer
Ellen Greene
as Doris
Joey Fatone
as Johnny Capella
Don Scribner
as Lou
Tony Longo
as Tony
Richard Israel
as Marty Goldfarb
Timothy Landfield
as The Player
Jewel Shepard
as Hooker
Gordon Michaels
as Mr. Pinkerton
Bryon Baker
as Stickman #6
Monica White
as Johnny Capella's Girls
Heather McHenry
as Johnny Capella's Girls
Chris Platt
as Dealer
Norbert Ganska
as Stickman #1
Kanie Kastroll
as Croupier
Mitch Samboceti
as Player
Monet Beaman
as Stickman #5
Andrew Simbeck
as Stickman #2
Larry Elliott
as Floor Manager
Danny Grossen
as Stickman #3
Cherilyn Hayres
as Woman
Frank Hannah
as Dealer #2
Dan Lemieux
as Suburbanite

Crew

Wayne Kramer
Director
Sean Furst
Producer
Michael Pierce
Producer
Lulu Zezza
Producer
Wayne Kramer
Screenwriter
Frank Hannah
Screenwriter
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Billy Gottlieb
Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Coburn
Editor
Toby Corbett
Production Designer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt
Co-producer
Bryan Furst
Co-producer
Andrew Busey
Associate Producer
Robert Gryphon
Executive Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
John Schmidt
Executive Producer
Joe Madden
Executive Producer
Brett Morrison
Executive Producer
Alessandro Camon
Executive Producer
Michael J. Morreale
Executive Producer
Kristin M. Burke
Costume Designer
Alice Baker
Set Decorator
Anita Brown
Costume Designer
Udo Pfeiffer
First Assistant Director
Colin Hudson
Camera Operator
Dan Lemieux
Stunts
Casey Easlick
Stunts
Robin Bonaccorsi
Stunts
Stephen Krause
Sound Mixer
Sig De Miguel
Casting
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Casting
Wendy Weidman
Casting
Stephen Halbert
Sound Mixer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson
Casting
Craig Sullivan
Grip
Travis Zariwny
Set Dresser
Sid Paige
Musical Performer
Douglas Walls
Production Assistant
Rick Sulier
First Assistant Accountant
Byron Wilson
Supervising Sound Editor
Terry Hargis
Leadman
Shauna Miller Schain
Unit Production Manager
Will Durham
Assistant Art Director
Richard Ruttenberg
Musical Performer
Colin Hudson
Steadicam Operator
Tateum Kohut
Re-Recording Mixer
Adam Peppers
Musical Performer
Steve Copley
Foley Recordist
Kirk Baily
ADR Loop Group
Quinn Yancy
Second Assistant Camera
Derek Vaughan
First Assistant Editor
Alexander Kukulus
Set Medic/First Aid
Brent Baccambuso
Driver
Josh Caine
Camera Loader
Shauna Phelan
Personal Assistant
Howard London
ADR Mixer
Packy Lennon
Gaffer
Jonathan Sizemore
Electrician
Larry Lynch
Transportation Captain
Tina Panella
ADR Loop Group
Suzanne Bingham
Script Supervisor
Nicole Hirsch-Whitaker
Additional Cinematography
Kathleen Becker
Craft Service/Catering
Heidi Higginbotham
Costumes Supervisor
Andy Coe
Key Grip
David Perelle
Driver
Shawn Lacy
Key Grip
Rick Webb
Driver
Kristina Santoro
Production Assistant
Heather Grierson
Second Assistant Director
Gaylen Nebeker
Video Playback
Dean Scofield
ADR Loop Group
Richard Hendrix
Best Boy Grip
Erin Fite
Set Dresser
Jayce Templeton
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Carol Strong
Key Make-up
Noon Orsatti
Stunts Coordinator
Daniel Curet
Key Hairstylist
Hayley Green
Personal Assistant
Stephen Krause
Recording
Scott Doleto
Driver
Chris Reiter
Best Boy Electric
Loren Nebeker
Video Playback
Heather Cummings
Assistant Makeup
Lauren Glen
Production Assistant
Guy Pfiershy
Electrician
Wayne Kramer
Storyboard Artist
Casey Mako
Second Second Assistant Director
Jackie Gonneau
ADR Loop Group
Cathy Yermilov-Miller
Craft Service/Catering
James Guillory
Driver
Wendy Cutler
ADR Loop Group
Jason Rail
Key Hairstylist
John Leftwich
Musical Performer
Rebecca Poulos
Script Supervisor
Kahele Dunn
Assistant Properties
Malcolm Groome
ADR Loop Group
Blake Busby
Title Design
Jim Sheldon
Still Photographer
David Blundell
Electrician
Nick Agorastos
Set Medic/First Aid
Richard Sloane
Production Assistant
Bryon Wilson
Supervising Sound Editor
Andrew Midgley
Visual Effects Producer
Andrew Midgley
Visual Effects Supervisor
Randall Montgomery
ADR Loop Group
John Sievert
Foley Artist
Lloyd Stinsen
Driver
Bob Sheppard
Musical Performer
Jose Avitia
Visual Effects Producer
Georgia Vestakis
Personal Assistant
Chris Miller
Post Production Producer
Jamie Maheu
Set Dresser
Jamie Maheu
Properties Master
Diana Tauder
Post Production Supervisor
Ronald Owens
Driver
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