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Philip Seymour Hoffman adds another great performance to his gallery of losers in Owning Mahowny, an engrossing, fact-based comedy-drama about the perils of compulsive gambling. The subject is hardly new to movies, but as Toronto bank-loan manager Dan Mahowny, Hoffman brings fresh depth and tortured humanity to his portrayal of a man who helplessly feeds his pathological need to gamble with millions in embezzled bank money that he can't afford to lose. His supportive wife (Minnie Driver, barely recognizable beneath a plain-looking wig and glasses) is aware of the problem but not its severity, and in fulfilling the promise of his debut feature Love and Death on Long Island, British director Richard Kwietniowski strikes a delicate balance of humor, adrenalin, and escalating tension, guiding Hoffman, Driver, and an excellent supporting cast (including Long Island's John Hurt) in a quietly suspenseful study of Mahowny's ill-fated impulse. Set in the early 1980s but timeless in its study of dysfunctional behavior, Owning Mahowny is a safe bet for film lovers everywhere. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This Philip Seymour Hoffman film was recommended by a friend and a great recommendation it was. A masterful performance by its star.Published 15 months ago by Fiasco
Amazing how far a person can dive into the world of gambling addiction. Sad really. Excellent movie!Published on Jan. 24 2010 by Amazon User
A truly awful movie.
Other than a great performance by Hoffman - he relies more on his physical presence than on the script's ludicrous words to establish his character - this... Read more
Set in Toronto, Canada during the early 1980's OWNING MAHOWNY is an engrossing and interesting character study of Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who embezzles money from his... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by S. Calhoun
This is a perfect movie for people who love a good story with good characters and don't need to rely on CGI effects or gratuitous violence and sex to enjoy themselves. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Donald Chewms
Philip Seymour Hoffman is truly one of the finest actors of this generation. I've been mesmerized by him ever since I saw him in the otherwise-dismal Twister (yes, Twister), where... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by FairiesWearBoots8272
Let me preface this by saying that I'd read "Stung" years ago and found it incredible.
I was very disappointed with the movie. Read more
Focuses more on the financial aspect of the money laundering scheme Mr Mahowny was running than anything else, doesn't deal with the couple's relationship and/or Mr Mahowny's... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Philip Bonn