The Runner (1999)

R   |    |  Drama, Crime, Thriller


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

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6 October 1999 | DashingD
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| Gambling has never looked less glamorous.
Unsettling story of a loser addicted to gambling who is hired as a runner by a sadistic man well aware that his new hire will never be able to follow a single rule: no gambling.

Ron Eldard does a wonderful job as Edward Carrington, making his character believable, sympathetic and infuriating all in a single breath. You root for the guy when he pulls himself out of a hole he's dug for himself and then feel like taking him aside and beating the crap out of him when he digs himself right back in. Never have I felt so helpless and uncomfortable watching a character's life fall to pieces on screen.

John Goodman and Courtney Cox are also very good. John Goodman's sweet guy disposition is nowhere to be found here, tucked away to allow an intimidating brute of a man to surface. Courtney Cox shines and shows the kind of range that has only been hinted at on "Friends".

Definitely worth seeing and not easily forgotten.

Vegas and gambling have never looked less glamorous.

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Genres

Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

1 August 1999

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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