The Cooler


1h 41m 2003

Brief Synopsis

The Cooler is Bernie Lootz, a loser who has made his career out of his contagious bad luck. The Cooler plies his trade, working on the floor of Las Vegas' aging Shangri-La casino, an old-school "gambler's casino," a dinosaur in the shadow of the new Strip and its theme-park attractions. In this purg

Film Details

Also Known As
Cooler, Lady Chance
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Dark Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Amalgamated Pixels Inc; Executive Cutting Services; Furst Films; Hart Murmurs; Jeremy Walker & Associates; Kew Media Group; Kew Media Group; Nevada Casting Group, Inc.; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; Title House, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; 1 More Film; Alamode Film; Alta Films; Andes; Bac Films Distribution; CinTart; Cinestar Films; Cts; Golden Village; Gussi Films; Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Metro Tartan Distributors; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Tv; Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Nu-Metro; Prime Pictures; Tartan Films; United International Pictures
Location
Nevada, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Synopsis

The Cooler is Bernie Lootz, a loser who has made his career out of his contagious bad luck. The Cooler plies his trade, working on the floor of Las Vegas' aging Shangri-La casino, an old-school "gambler's casino," a dinosaur in the shadow of the new Strip and its theme-park attractions. In this purgatory of bright lights and chirping slots, Bernie drifts from table to table, his bad karma cooling one gambler's lucky streak after another. Like an inmate serving time, Bernie has been here for years, paying off a nasty gambling debt he owes to the Shangri-La's slippery Director of Operations, Shelly Kaplow. Bernie is just days away from fulfilling his debt when he meets Natalie, a new cocktail waitress at the Shangri-La. Natalie sweeps Bernie off his feet, and after a night of much-needed raucous sex, Bernie is in love. When Natalie starts to love him back, Bernie's luck starts to change. Feeling good for the first time in years, Bernie can't wait to leave Las Vegas and move on with his life with the woman of his dreams. But will Shelly let his most valued asset leave so easily?

Crew

Michael Adkisson

Visual Effects Supervisor (Title House Digital)

Nick Agorastos

Set Medic

Doug Arnold

Electrician

Jose Avitia

Optical Effects Producer (Amalgamated Pixels Inc)

Brent Baccambuso

Driver

Kirk Baily

Loop Group

Alice Baker

Set Decorator

Kathleen Becker

Catering

David Bilow

Apprentice Editor

Suzanne Bingham

Script Supervisor (2nd Unit)

David Blundell

Electrician

Robin Bonaccorsi

Utility Stunts

John Bowen

Driver

Anita Louise Brown

Costumer

Kristin M. Burke

Costume Designer

Tom Y Burns

Adr Recordist

Blake Busby

Title Design (Title House Digital)

Andrew Busey

Associate Producer

Josh Caine

Loader

Alessandro Camon

Executive Producer

Alessandro Camon

Production Executive (Contentfilm)

Jeff S Caples

First Assistant Camera (2nd Unit)

Tom Carlson

Music Consultant

Michel Clement

Set Dresser

Arthur Coburn

Editor

Andy Coe

Grip

Andy Coe

Key Grip (2nd Unit)

Linda O Cook

Loop Group

Ryan Cooke

Production Coordinator

Steve Copley

Foley Recordist

Toby Corbett

Production Designer

Heather Cummings

Assistant Makeup

Daniel Curet

Key Hair Stylist

Wendy Cutler

Loop Group

Sandy De Crescent

Orchestra Contractor

Sig De Miguel

Casting

Scott Doleto

Driver

E C Duffy

Carpenter

Kahele Dunn

Props Assistant

Will Durham

Assistant Art Director

Casey Easlick

Utility Stunts

Philip Eichner

Hotel Liaison

Erin Fite

Set Dresser

Richard L. Fox

First Assistant Director

Derry Frost

Head Of Production (Amalgamated Pixels Inc)

Jeff Fuller

Key Set Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

Bryan Furst

Co-Producer

Sean Furst

Producer

Mike A Gayten

Craft Service Assistant

Lauren Glen

Camera Production Assistant

Jackie Gonneau

Loop Group

Billy Gottlieb

Music Supervisor

Hayley Green

Assistant (To Mr Manulis)

Lauren Grey

Assistant (To Mr Pressman)

Heather Grierson

Second Assistant Director

Malcolm Groome

Loop Group

Dylan Gross

Aerial Photographer

Molly Grundman

Key Costumer

Robert Gryphon

Executive Producer

James Guillory

Driver

Stephen Halbert

Sound Mixer

Frank Hannah

Screenwriter

Amy Harmon

Assistant Makeup

Scott Hecker

Supervising Sound Editor

Richard Hendrix

Best Boy Grip

Jairo Hernandez Jr.

Boom Operator

Javier M Hernandez

Boom Operator

Heidi Higginbotham

Costume Supervisor

Matthew Hill

Set Medic

Nicole Hirsch-whitaker

Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Colin Hudson

Camera Operator

Colin Hudson

Steadicam Operator

Kevin Hutchins

Utility Grip

Mark Isham

Music

Amanda Mackey Johnson

Casting

Tateum Kohut

Rerecording Mixer

E Reed Koppen

First Assistant Camera

Wayne Kramer

Storyboard Artist

Wayne Kramer

Screenwriter

Stephen Krause

Score Recording

Stephen Krause

Score Mixing

Alexander Kukulus

Set Medic

Shawn Lacy

Key Grip

J Kathryn Landholt

Title Design (Title House Digital)

Jason Larocca

Scoring Assistant

David Lee

Driver

Dan Lemieux

Utility Stunts

Packy Lennon

Gaffer

Howard London

Adr Mixer

Ivy K Lukas

Assistant (To Mr Baldwin)

Larry Lynch

Transportation Captain

Joe Madden

Executive Producer

Jamie Maheu

Property Master

Casey Mako

Second Second Assistant Director

Anna Malkin

Foley Assistant

John Bard Manulis

Ceo (Visionbox Media Group)

Tom Martin

Electrician

Fred Masselink

I/O Coordinator

Bryan Daniel Matulay

Assistant Property Master

Micah M May

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

James J Mccarthy

Post-Production Accountant

James J Mccarthy

Production Accountant

Kevin Mcvey

I/O Manager

Andrew Midgley

Visual Effects Producer (Title House Digital)

Chris Miller

Post-Production Producer

Gary Miller

Animation Camera

Shauna Miller Schain

Unit Production Manager

Michael Miner

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

Randall Montgomery

Loop Group

Michael Morreale

Visual Effects Executive Producer (Amalgamated Pixels Inc)

Brett Morrison

Executive Producer

Tony Murphy

Post-Production Manager (Visionbox Media Group)

Adam Neace

Utility Grip

Gaylen Nebeker

Video Playback

Loren Nebeker

Video Playback

Merysa Nichols

Lead Composite Artist (Title House Digital)

Eric A Norris

Sound Effects Supervisor

Brad North

Foley Editor

Robert Novellino

Grip

Vincent Nunez

Digital Effects Artist

Jeremy Oddo

Senior Animator (Amalgamated Pixels Inc)

Ronald M Owens

Driver

Phillip Palousek

Visual Effects Coordinator (Amalgamated Pixels Inc)

Tina Panella

Post-Production Sound (Loop Group)

David Perelle

Driver

Udo Pfeiffer

Assistant (To Mr Kramer)

Guy Pfiershy

Additional Electric

Shauna Phelan

Assistant (To Mr Furst)

David Piedra

Digital Effects Artist

Michael Pierce

Producer

Rebecca Poulos

Script Supervisor

Edward Pressman

Executive Producer

Jason Rall

Co-Key Hair Stylist

Patrick Reddish

Gaffer (2nd Unit)

Chris Reiter

Best Boy Electric

David Richards

Carpenter

Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt

Co-Producer

Cathy Sandrich Gelfond

Casting

Kristina Santoro

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

John Schmidt

Executive Producer

Dean Scofield

Loop Group

Jim Sheldon

Still Photographer

Steve Sheridan

Color Timer

John Sievert

Foley Artist

Jonathan Sizemore

Electrician

Richard Sloane

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

John A Sozio

Craft Service

Robin Adair Sparks

Set Medic

Adam Stern

Digital Effects Artist

Lloyd Stinsen

Driver

Rob Stone

Electrician

Carol A Strong

Key Makeup Artist

Rick Sulier

Assistant Accountant

Craig Sullivan

Grip

Diana Tauder

Post-Production Supervisor

J Todd Taylor

Dolly Grip

Jon Taylor

Rerecording Mixer

Jayce Templeton

Animal Wrangler

Florian Tessloff

Music Preparation

Jeff Turner

Assistant Production Coordinator

Steven Vana

On Set Dresser

Derek Vaughn

Assistant Editor

Georgia Vestakis

Assistant (To Mr Pierce)

Douglas Walls

Production Assistant (2nd Unit)

Richard Webb

Driver

Wendy Weidman

Casting

David Adam Weisberg

Adr Mixer

Jim Whitaker

Director Of Photography

Sarah Wheat Whittaker

First Assistant "B" Camera

Byron Wilson

Supervising Sound Editor

Tim Wilson

Location Manager

Quinn Yancey

Second Assistant Camera

Cathy Yermilov-miller

Post-Production Catering

Travis Zariwny

Set Dresser

Lulu Zezza

Managing Producer (Visionbox Media Group)

Film Details

Also Known As
Cooler, Lady Chance
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Dark Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Amalgamated Pixels Inc; Executive Cutting Services; Furst Films; Hart Murmurs; Jeremy Walker & Associates; Kew Media Group; Kew Media Group; Nevada Casting Group, Inc.; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; Title House, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; 1 More Film; Alamode Film; Alta Films; Andes; Bac Films Distribution; CinTart; Cinestar Films; Cts; Golden Village; Gussi Films; Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Metro Tartan Distributors; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Tv; Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Nu-Metro; Prime Pictures; Tartan Films; United International Pictures
Location
Nevada, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

2003
Alec Baldwin

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for two 2004 Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Maria Bello) and Best Supporting Actor (Alec Baldwin).

Winner of the 2003 award for Best Supporting Actor (Alec Baldwin) by the National Board of Review.

Released in United States Fall November 26, 2003

Released in United States January 2003

Released in United States June 2003

Released in United States on Video April 20, 2004

Released in United States on Video April 27, 2004

Shown at IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival (Opening Night) June 11-21, 2003.

Lions Gate Films acquired North American rights for a reported $1.5 million at 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States January 2003 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) January 16-26, 2003.)

Released in United States on Video April 20, 2004

Released in United States on Video April 27, 2004

Released in United States June 2003 (Shown at IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival (Opening Night) June 11-21, 2003.)

Released in United States Fall November 26, 2003