A punchy, ultimately frustrating entry into the erratic but always interesting oeuvre of British director Mike Hodges (GET CARTER, FLASH GORDON). Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is struggling to become a writer, but gambling is in his blood
he was even born in a casino back home in South Africa. But Jack is no risk-taking punter. He's a croupier, a voyeuristic and utterly impassive spinner of the wheel and dealer of the cards who can never lose because he's not really in the game he only controls it. Jack's gambling
father (Nicholas Ball) sets him up with a job at London's Golden Lion Casino, and while the late hours and excessive drinking put a strain on h...