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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
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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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  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): In the motel, when Shelly confronts Natalie, the camera and its operator are reflected in the upper right-hand corner of the mirror.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Bernie plays craps, he is shown placing two stacks of chips side-by-side on the pass line. This is incorrect - a player's entire bet must be placed in one vertical stack. AFTER a point is established, a player make "take the odds" by placing a second stack of chips BEHIND the original pass line bet. A second stack of chips on the pass line next to the player's bet would be assumed by the crew to be a toke - a bet for the dealers.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): As the extras turn from the payout window when Bernie is in love and becomes "lucky", the dolly track can be seen on the floor and the actors are very consciously stepping through the rungs and looking down at it so they don't trip.
  • The casinos demolished in the closing credits are: the Aladdin, the Sands, the Landmark, and the Dunes. The Dunes was bought and demolished in a giant pyrotechnic display begun by Steve Wynn when he fired a mock cannon from Treasure Island; in part he did it to insult The Dunes' former owners; the property became the Bellagio; Wynn has since sold all of his Mirage Resorts properties to MGM Grand and bought the Desert Inn, which he demolished to build Wynn Las Vegas. The Sands was where the Rat Pack held The Summit, a series of shows they did for fun while filming the original Ocean's Eleven, an epoch that helped to define the Las Vegas that Shelly Kaplow mourns in The Cooler; The Venetian now stands on the Sands' lot. The Aladdin was rebuilt, but has performed poorly due to its similarity to all the other megacasinos, overbuilding in Vegas, and the slower economy. The Landmark's demolition can be seen in Mars Attacks!; the property was used to expand parking for the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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