The Winner

Synopsis: A story about a man who can't seem to do anything but win at the tables in Vegas. This, of course, brings hustlers out of the woodwork intent on using him for financial gain. One of them is the man's brother who, incidentally, is trying to find who it was that killed their father, while still another is a woman who has schemes of her own. Couple all of this with drug kingpins and general thugs and you have a comedy with a fresh twist on surviving in Vegas.
Director(s): Alex Cox
Production: Norstar Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Hey, Frankie.

Here it comes.

Here comes what?

The bus. Here it is.

I can see the bus, Paulie.

Thank you.

Let's go! Sometime today.



He ain't here.

What do you mean,

"he ain't here"?


Welcome to Vegas.

You look good.

You look good.

Hey, Joey.

How ya doin'?

Get the bags.

Joey, look, uh,

you gotta believe me.

This guy has been winning

for five straight weeks.

It's like he's

the luckiest man in the

history of north America.

It all started in a casino

called the pair-a-dice.

He came from nothin'.

He looked like

any bum on the street.

When he got near that

roulette wheel, he was like

he was blessed with something.

He's been on a winning streak

for five weeks, Joey.

He's been playing every Sunday,

and he hasn't lost once.

You've never seen

anything like it.

Here's a coffee

with cream.

Do you mind?

I'm in the middle

of somethin'.

I'm sorry.

Okay, so, look, all we gotta do

is get Paulie to pretend

he's sick or somethin'.

Like he's chokin' on

a chicken bone. Like that.

Philip will take pity

on him right away and

give him money for a doctor,

because that's

the kind of guy he is.

Every Sunday when he wins,

he gives almost

all his money away.

I'm telling you,

Joey, there's a real

opportunity here.

I'm not doubting you.

Don't get me wrong.

Crazy things happen every day.

But what we're talkin'

about here is a guy...

With the name Philip.


All right, Philip.

I mean...

what's wrong with Philip?


Yeah, Philip.

Come on!


You don't like his name?

All I'm sayin'

is it would be nice...

If his name was,

say... Jesus.

Yeah, sure...

yeah, but...

the problem is, see,

I need a sign.

If his name was, say,

Jesus or, say, Moses...

Or even, say...


I would have that sign.

Take me to Philip.

Stupid son of a b*tch!

Get outta here!

Goddamn you!

Here! Take this goddamn...

thanks... for the ride!

Well, I gotta run, baby.

So, run.

I just want to finish my

cigarette before I go home.

It's kind of cold out here.

You cold?

Cold feels good

when you know

you're gonna be rich.

I feel good, Jack.

I don't see us gettin' rich

off this guy.

Maybe he won you a car,

and he might buy you

a goddamn necklace,

but the guy doesn't

care enough about money

to make anybody rich.

He doesn't bet enough,

and then he gives it all away.

Your eyes must be goin'

in your old age.

You're gonna have to sell

this car, Louise.

Don't nag me about the car.

It's not like I'm asking you

to take out the garbage

or cut the grass.

I'm just reminding you,

you need to come up with cash,

like yesterday.

Can't keep the sharks

away forever.

I'm not asking for forever.

I never do.

I'm asking for a week.

Just 'til Sunday.

You know what

they're talkin' about

when it comes to you?

They're ready to beat on

your pretty face.

I've seen Kingman kill people

for much less, honey.

Kill me for

a lousy 50 grand?

Come on.

Worse comes to worse,

I sell the car, okay?

I met somebody

just the other day willing

to give me $20,000 cash.

Next week, on the spot,

a French guy.

Runs a, uh, bank in France.

International finance stuff.

You know how those guys are.

Yeah. I know 'em

like you know 'em.

Well, it's not gonna

come to that anyway.

Look, Jack, you gotta

back me up on this one.

I'm gettin' tired.

I'd be lyin' to you

if I didn't tell you

how tired I'm gettin'...

Of livin' the way that we do.

I'm gonna pay Kingman back,

but I want more than that.

Don't you, Jack?

Now is our time.

We are gonna be rich.

We are gonna be so rich

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