The Cooler

Synopsis: The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Wayne Kramer
Production: Lions Gate Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Where's Bernie?

They're killing us.

We need him here right away.


Come on, baby.

Come on, come on!

Come on!

Seven out.

Oh, man!

Come to Papa--

Hey, what the hell? !

God damn it, that's supposed

to be an $800 jackpot.

Afternoon, Doris.

- Hey.

Got any cream?

- Sure.

Oh, shit.

- Oh, it doesn't matter.

Dewar's and--


Dewar's and water, please.

Hi, Natalie.


- Bernie.

Shit, motherfucker!

Yeah, Bernie.

Yo, Doris, have you seen

Shelly around?

He promised to position me

at the tables tonight.

I've been on skid row all week.

You didn't settle up

with me last night.

No? You sure?

F*ck, I was way under.

It's been like an AA convention

around here.

I'll make it up to you tonight,

I promise.

Where have I

heard that before?

If I see Shelly, I'll tell him...

- Thanks.

...that you're looking for him.

Conway, party of 11.

Please check your reservation

in the Paradise Lounge.

Hey, Bernie,

Shelly needs you on 11.

All right.

Let's do the Chivas Regal.

And have that--

have Natalie bring it over,

the one working

the nickel slots...

by the Paradise.

I spoke to Shelly earlier.

He wants her out on the tables.

All right.

I'll take care of it.

Great shot.

How about that?

Hi. It's you, right?

Yeah, over here.

Joe said

I should stick around.

You say something

to Shelly?


Wow, that was fast.


Don't mention it.

It's over here.

I'll win you a fortune

on five and nine.

Did you order

the Chivas Regal?

Hey, back off, will you, pal?

Can't you see I got a roll here?

Seven out, line away.

- That motherfucker.

Thanks for the bet, folks.

- Yeah, yeah, I'm coming.

Oh! Shoot!

Better luck next time.


Shelly, they're here.

- Relax, Shorty.

Hey. Nicky, you didn't tell me

you were coming.

I'm having a manicure here.

You think I don't wash up

after going to the john, huh?

Forget about it. You look like

a million bucks. How are you?

You should have called ahead.

I would have sent the car.

No, we figured

we'd surprise you.

Anytime, Nicky, anytime.

I know that, partner.

Shelly, let me

introduce you to our...

brightest VP here.

This is Larry Sokolov.

His numbers guy,

Marty Goldfarb.

How do you do, Shelly?

Can I get you

something to drink?

I'd love a vodka tonic,


...comes out of the

confessional and she...

says, 'Move over,

I have to gargle.'

So Nicky,

what brings you to town?

Shelly, I've got

a smart kid here.

He's got some good ideas...

about how to revitalize

the Shangri-La.

Revitalize? What are

you talking about?

We did $35 million last year.

Why don't you

just hear the kid out, huh?

Shelly, I want you to

know that I have...

nothing but the utmost

respect for you.

You've done a

tremendous job with...

the Shangri-La over

the last 16 years.

I don't think anybody

can dispute that.


Yeah, nobody doubts

that, Shell.

But the business has changed.

Just take a look at the Strip,

you'll see what

I'm talking about.


You mean that Disneyland

mookfest out there? Huh?

Come on, you know

what that is?

Huh? That's a fucking violation

is what that is.

It's something that used

to be beautiful.

It used to have class,

like a gorgeous

high-priced hooker...

with an exclusive clientele.

Then along comes

that Steve Wynn cocksucker...

and knocks her up

and puts her...

in a fucking family way.

Now, she's nothing

but a cheap fat whore...

hiding behind

too much make-up.

I look at her and see

her stretch marks.

It makes me want

to cry, because

I remember the way

she used to be.

Am I right?

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