A bank manager with a gambling problem embezzles millions of
dollars from fraudulent accounts to feed his growing addiction.
Owning Mahowny (2003)
Directed by Richard Kwietniowski
Written by Maurice Chauvet
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt,
Maury Chaykin, Ian Tracey, K.C. Collins
Based on the book by Gary Stephen Ross
Owning Mahowny is a solid film that realistically shows the dangers of gambling addiction and how deep one can find themselves when they don't know when to stop. Philip Seymour Hoffman gave yet another stellar performance in a role that is essentially a character with zero personality doing nothing but gambling away millions.
The story of Dan Mahowny is fascinating. It's amazing how far he got with his scheme before getting caught. Even after he won millions of dollars, he continued to gamble it away until he was once again left with nothing. Hoffman effortlessly portrays the downfall of Mahowny, giving the audience a look at the unshakable mind of a gambling addict.
I think this film will one day be viewed as a cult classic, if not for the great performances than for the intriguing story. Owning Mahowny will remind gamblers to quit while they're ahead, or at least it should.