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The Runner (1999)

A compulsive gambler finds his new family's safety seriously threatened by a ruthless gambling boss.

Director:

Ron Moler

Writers:

Anthony E. Zuiker (screenplay by), Anthony E. Zuiker (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Eldard ... Edward
Courteney Cox ... Karina
John Goodman ... Deepthroat
Joe Mantegna ... Rocco
Bokeem Woodbine ... 477
David Jensen David Jensen ... Nosey Bettor (as Dave Jensen)
John David Conti John David Conti ... Larry Chewcluck
Terrence Evans Terrence Evans ... Lefty (as Terrance Evans)
Gary Grossman ... Jeweler
Steve Schirripa ... Host
Lucy Lin Lucy Lin ... Chinese Dealer
Ai Wan ... 11 Card Chinese Dealer
John Buchanan John Buchanan ... Black Jack Dealer
Joey Miyashima Joey Miyashima ... Dr. Andrews
David Arquette ... Bartender
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Storyline

A young man with an addiction to gambling has managed to get himself into serious debt. In an effort to pay off the bookies, his uncle pulls a few strings and gets him a job working for a gangster who needs a "runner" to place bets with various bookies. The gangster keeps his new "runner" on a short leash, and for the most part the young gambler behaves himself. However, the temptation of walking around with large sums of cash proves too great, and the "runner" puts both his job and his survival on the line when he dips into his boss's funds to buy a ring for his girlfriend. Written by Mark Deming

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Taglines:

Never make a bet you can't afford to lose.

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aposta Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Steve Schirripa and Bokeem Woodbine both previously featured in The Sopranos (1999) See more »

Quotes

Edward: Fuck... fuck, fuck, fuck!
Karina: Fuck, fuckit fuck fuck!
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The Search
Written and Performed by Douglas September
Produced by Randy Gerston & Steve Lindsey
Courtesy of Samson Records
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scary as it should be
22 August 2000 | by IwouldSee all my reviews

Maybe the acting is a little rude, maybe the directing is a little anonymous, maybe there's a little too much "Leaving Las Vegas" influence on the story (which maybe is not the worst thing you can say about the script). But, if only all the (many) films about gambling had been so honest about the abysses of horrors where gamblers live every second of their lives, then maybe people would have a more realistic, less charming idea of them.

The story is so honest about the losing that I really think the writer talks about personal experience. I do.


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