INT. CASINO - NIGHT
ages, intense, hopeful, fearful. Which of them is JACK?
the spin. Hands, faces, chips...
leaving him miraculously untouched
are on the bouncing ball.
The back of the CROUPIER'S hand, his slicked-back short
To begin with he was Jack Manfred...
INT. PUBLISHER'S OFFICE - DAY
unrecognisable from the croupier's face.
the open is GILES CREMORNE.
INT. GILES' OFFICE - DAY
Take a pew, Jack. You look well.
GILES has an upper-class accent, but an acquired street
Three years, two months. March
What a memory you've got. Maths
always was your strong suit. What
happened to the moaning Lisa?
She went back to South Africa.
We all played the field.
GILES frowns at a memory, an implication. GILES'S mobile
phone buzzes. He picks up.
Hi-ya... I'll call you back.
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.