Roulette in Movies
There is no other game that works quite as well on the big screen like the roulette wheel. There is something about the motion of the wheel, the sound of the silver ball clacking its way through the troughs, and the suspense that comes along with the game makes it an irresistible object of attraction. Though poker, blackjack and every other form of gambling you can think of have been featured on the big screen, they can’t stand up to roulette’s Hollywood highlights.
Run Lola Run - 1998
People flock to Casinos for various reasons. Some like the sights and sounds. Some pursue gambling as a profession, and some simply want to see what the fuss is all about. For those who see the casino as a place to fuel their thirst for adrenaline, Tom Tykwer’s, Run Lola Run may be the perfect movie. The suspense will keep you on your toes, so if you like your films leisurely, this one isn’t for you. The Finale hinges on a spin on the roulette wheel, and Lola, who has a novel strategy to tilt the odds in her favour.
Casablanca - 1942
Hailed by critics for being the best script to ever come out of Hollywood, Casablanca quickly earned its place among the all-time classics. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the film features Humphrey Bogart as a café owner trying to forget about the lost love of his life. When she walks in to the café one day, he is forced to make a heart-breaking sacrifice in the name of love. However, tangential the Roulette scene is to the main plot, it is a memorable one. Hoping to get enough money to secure a safe passage to America, a newlywed couple put their money on Bogart’s wheel. Bogart, who knows that the wife has been offered the documents they need in exchange for sex, decides to rig the wheel in her favour, asking the women: “Have you tried 22 tonight?” She wins with two successive spins of the wheel, and Bogart tells her to take the money and run. In a movie filled with unforgettable scenes, it is definitely one that stands out.
Croupier - 1999
Croupier features a young Clive Owen as a struggling writer, who works as a Croupier. Presiding over the roulette wheel, Owen finds himself drawn into the formidable politics of the casino world. While the movie isn’t centred on roulette specifically, the game is featured on the screen for most of the film. And like the unpredictability of the wheel, this movie plot is a whirlwind of twists and turns.