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The Cooler

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) has such terrible luck that a Vegas casino owner uses him as a "cooler": no sooner does Bernie join a crap game than anyone with a hot hand immediately begins to lose. But then Bernie falls in love with a young cocktail waitress, Natalie (Maria Bello), and his magic suddenly shifts: now everyone around him wins, which is big trouble for Bernie.

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Released: Jan 17th, 2003
Budget: N/A
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The Cooler Main Cast

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William H. Macy
William H. Macy
plays Bernie Lootz
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
plays Shelly Kaplow
Maria Bello
Maria Bello
plays Natalie Belisario
Shawn Hatosy
Shawn Hatosy
plays Mikey
Ron Livingston
Ron Livingston
plays Larry Sokolov
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The back alley scenes were filmed in Fulton alley, behind the Nugget. The director's commentary talks about the alley's graffiti, which is still there today, and was not added for the movie.
  • This film originally received an NC-17 rating and was re-cut to achieve an R. The details of the rating dispute are documented in the film This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which shows some of the deleted footage.
  • When Bernie pulls up to his motel room, just prior to discovering Natalie's injuries following Shelly's visit to their room, the faulty neon sign for the EZ Mini Market is reflected in his car's windscreen. At one point it displays EZ Mark, a reference to the earlier story about how he and Shelly used to identify potential victims for a con, marking them with chalk. At the point Natalie confesses to having been paid by Shelly to get close to him, she calls Bernie and Easy (EZ) Mark.
  • The Cooler contains at least one tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. When Shelley is being shown the new jackpot machine during Bernie's "hot" scene, the demonstrator tells him he calls it Marnie, "y'know, 'cos she's one frigid broad!" This refers to Hitchcock's Marnie, in which Tippi Hedren plays a woman who is very sexually reticent. In addition, the film's trademark extreme worm's-eye-view shots from beneath card tables (of croupiers pushing casino chips into extreme close-up) and floors (of the soles of Bernie's shoes) may be homages to The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), in which Ivor Novello is shot via a similar technique to increase tension.
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