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Owning Mahowny Details

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A seemingly ordinary bank employee develops an obsession that could destroy his life and that of those around him in this drama. Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a quiet, unassuming employee of a bank in Toronto; he lives modestly, drives a used car, and is dating one of the bank's tellers, a sweet but mousy girl named Belinda (Minnie Driver). What no one knows is that Dan has a secret life -- Dan is a compulsive gambler, and after running up massive debts with his bookie Frank Perlin (Maury Chaykin), he begins making regular visits to Atlantic City in the United States, where he often bets (and loses) far beyond his means. Dan's expertise at the bank is rewarded with a promotion to assistant manager; his new responsibilities include approving loans, which gives him the authority to transfer funds in and out of the bank. Needing to cover his debts, Dan starts approving loans to non-existent clients and adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to other accounts, and Victor Fox) (John Hurt), manager of Dan's favorite Atlantic City casino, is more than happy to "help" Dan, comping him to luxury suites and all the attendant amenities and working with him to transfer bank funds into his casino account. As Dan's debts begin to grow into the seven figure range, his dealings become harder to hide, both from the authorities and from Belinda, who has become aware of Dan's addiction to gambling but doesn't know just how far it's grown. Based on a true story, Owning Mahowny was directed by Richard Kwietniowski, who previously worked with John Hurt in the acclaimed Love and Death on Long Island. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 2, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Jon Hassell Best Original Score 2003 Nominee
Genie Awards Maurice Chauvet Best Adapted Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Genie Awards Richard Grassby-Lewis Best Original Score 2003 Nominee
Genie Awards Tim Norfolk Best Original Score 2003 Nominee
Genie Awards Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Actor 2003 Nominee

Cast

Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Dan Mahowny
Minnie Driver
as Belinda
Maury Chaykin
as Frank Perlin
John Hurt
as Victor Foss
Sonja Smits
as Dana Selkirk
Ian Tracey
as Detective Ben Lock
Roger Dunn
as Bill Gooden
Jason Blicker
as Dave Quinson
Chris Collins
as Bernie

Crew

Richard Kwietniowski
Director
Seaton McLean
Producer
Andras Hamori
Producer
Alessandro Camon
Producer
Maurice Chauvet
Screenwriter
Richard Kwietniowski
Screenwriter
Oliver Curtis
Cinematographer
Richard Grassby-Lewis
Composer (Music Score)
Jon Hassell
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Norfolk
Composer (Music Score)
Mike Munn
Editor
Taavo Soodor
Production Designer
Diana Magnus
Art Director
Damon Bryant
Co-producer
Victoria Hirst
Co-producer
Bradley Adams
Co-producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
Sean Furst
Executive Producer
Erica Milo
Set Designer
Gersha Phillips
Costume Designer
Deirdre Bowen
Casting
Bob Davidson
Gaffer
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