Croupier script
Croupier (1999)
Synopsis: Jack Manfred (Clive Owen) is an aspiring writer who to make ends meet, takes a job as a croupier. Jack remains an observer, knowing that everything in life is a gamble and that gamblers are born to lose. Inevitably, he gets sucked into the world of the casino which takes its toll on his relationships and the novel he is writing.

JACK:

(suddenly)

I want a job, Giles.

GILES:

(cautiously)

All right. As what?

JACK:

I was thinking perhaps I could be

a reader. You employ readers, don't

you?

GILES:

We do. For unsolicited manuscripts.

We pay twenty pounds a manuscript.

You might get two, maybe three in

a week. Can you live on sixty

pounds?

JACK opens a pack of Gitanes.

GILES:

Sorry. This is a no-smoking office,

Jack. You've written a book, haven't

you? I didn't read it myself, but --

A WOMAN SECRETARY puts her head into the office.

GILES:

Give me ten minutes, Fiona.

FIONA puts a fax on GILES'S desk, smiles at JACK, and goes.

GILES:

Fiona used to read for me.

He winks at JACK.

GILES:

Let me tell you about our operation.

We like personality authors. People

the public recognises. Celebrity's

what sells books. We can always

find someone to do the writing.

First, we need the face. Then the

concept.

(he is reading the

fax)

Right now I'm looking for a soccer

novel. Something where a tycoon

buys a lousy team and takes it to

the top. Seven figure transfer

fees. Corruption all down the line.

Violence on and off the pitch.

Steroids. Got any concepts? It

could be a thug story. I tell you

what. Why don't you think about

it. A couple of pages. The pitch.

Steroids. Got any concepts? It

could be a thug story. I tell you

what. Why don't you think about

it. A couple of pages.

(smiles)

With plenty of sex, of course.

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Paul Mayersberg

Paul Mayersberg was born on 18 June 1941 in Cambridge, England, UK. He is a writer and director and was the film critic for Movie magazine in the early 1960s and author of 1968 film book Hollywood, The Haunted House. more…

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