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The Cooler Details


Writer/director [[Performer~P352554~Wayne Kramer~waynekramer]] offers a glimpse into the aging Las Vegas casino world with the romantic drama The Cooler. Bernie Lootz ([[Performer~P44480~William H. Macy~williamhmacy]]) 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 ([[Performer~P263285~Maria Bello~mariabello]]). The two start to fall in love and Bernie's luck begins to change. However, the old-fashioned mob boss Shelly Kaplow ([[Performer~P3515~Alec Baldwin~alecbaldwin]]) isn't going to let Bernie go so easily. Meanwhile, Larry Sokolov ([[Performer~P42769~Ron Livingston~ronlivingston]]) arrives on the scene to help update the business management of the old mobster-run casino. Also starring [[Performer~P296921~Joey Fatone~joeyfatone]] and [[Performer~P66963~Paul Sorvino~paulsorvino]] 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


Awarded by
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


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
Frank Hannah
as Dealer #2
Bryon Baker
as Stickman #6
Cherilyn Hayres
as Woman
Chris Platt
as Dealer
Dan Lemieux
as Suburbanite
Danny Grossen
as Stickman #3
Heather McHenry
as Johnny Capella's Girls
Norbert Ganska
as Stickman #1
Andrew Simbeck
as Stickman #2
Kanie Kastroll
as Croupier
Larry Elliott
as Floor Manager
Mitch Samboceti
as Player
Monet Beaman
as Stickman #5
Monica White
as Johnny Capella's Girls


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