Owning Mahowny

Owning Mahowny

DVD - 2003
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Based on real events that occured in between 1980 and 1981. Dan Mahowney is a quiet, unassuming assistant manager at a bank in Toronto. He is a compulsive gambler and runs up a massive debt with his bookie. Dan's bank responsibilities include approving loans. Needing to cover his debts, Dan starts approving loans to non-existent clients and adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to other accounts. As Dan's debts begin to grow into the seven figure range, his dealings become harder to hide, both from the authorities and from Belinda.

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jnewday
Aug 17, 2016

Deft performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Nothing can divert this ordinary man from his obsession. He must gamble. To gamble is to feel alive. As he begins to sink below the surface all other aspects of his life disappear into the shadows. A fascinating true story.

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BertBailey
Apr 02, 2015

Addictions are addictions, so it's especially sad to see Philip Seymour Hoffman play a gambling addict. It's based on a story that happened in Toronto, and despite my scruples given how he died, it's PSH playing the role, so how can you resist? John Hurt, another actor I can't get enough of, plays his sort of nemesis or rival, and as sharply as the slimy Yank he portrays. So with a very spare script and not much by way of figures to indicate by how much he's losing or winning, or even just how he's defrauding just whom, this is often gripping.
You knew it was going to happen, but so what. Minnie Driver's also in it, and is very good too.
Odd film, odd man, odd outcome.
Not as full of elaborate self destruction as Before the Devil Knows you're Dead, but despite a script that occasionally goes dry even for Hoffman, there's much worth watching here.

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tri_le
Nov 06, 2013

I loved this movie and Hoffman's acting. I never saw him before and he was excellent in the role. I came to like his acting since.

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joseph
Dec 10, 2009

Good - Owning Mahowny (2003) 104 min. This is the true story of Dan Mahowny, who defrauded $10 million from the Imperial Bank of Canada in the early 1980s to support his gambling addiction. Philip Seymour Hoffman is well cast as the lead using his personality to create a wall between himself and everyone around him as he nurtures his addiction to calculating precision. Well made film will not disappoint. I particularly admired Hoffman's performance when his wife (played by Mimi Rogers) tries to lure him away from a "craps" table - he doesn't lift his head to her once because he's so into the game.

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