Owning Mahowny (2003)

2003 | Canada | Richard Kwietniowski | ★★★

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, and John Hurt, English film-maker Richard Kwietniowski's Owning Mahowny is a low-key and well-observed but only sporadically compelling drama that benefits greatly from its well-assembled cast.


"Dan Mahowney [Philip Seymour Hoffman] has a secret life. At his work in the bank he is known as a quiet employee with a modest lifestyle and a sweet but plain girlfriend called Belinda [Minnie Driver]. But Dan is a compulsive gambler, who has plunged himself into debt with no way out. When he is promoted to assistant manager his new responsibilities give him the authority to transfer funds in and out of the bank. As Dan is struggling to cover his debts, he starts to abuse his position and move huge sums of money to non-existent accounts and into his own casino account. When his debts hit seven figures his deception is hard to hide - from the authorities and from Belinda. 'Owning Mahowney' is based on a true story." Momentum Pictures