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  • Actors: Emilios Chilakis, Maria Solomou, Spyros Stavrinidis, Mei Sevastopoulou, Stelios Christoforidis
  • Directors: Vangelis Seitanidis
  • Writers: Vangelis Seitanidis
  • Producers: Vangelis Seitanidis
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000897BJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost of a Chance" on IMDb

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In the casino there is only one queen, the small hall that spins on the roulette table. None of the players pays the slightest attention to the female dealers. But Takis, a med student, doesn't go to the casino to win millions, rather to earn a day's wa

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In the casion there is only one queen, the small hall that spins on the roulette table. None of the players pays the slightest attention to the female dealers. But Takis, a med studen, doesn't go to the casino to win millions, rather to earn a day's wages. Vera words in a gym and gets a second job as a dealer. Takis and Vera become lovers. They rig a game at the roulette table, leave the money with her mother and get away to a hide-out in a friend's house. Their romantic dreams soon succumb to escape from the crime conditions they face. Instead of enjoying pockets full of cash this Greek Bonnie & Clyde couple must hide and duck the agents of the casino who have sniffed out their trail and will stop at nothing to retrieve the heist, or else...

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This premiere film for the Greek writer/director Vangelis Seitanidis made the festival rounds within the European continent as well as the United States, gaining the Best Film award at the Thessaloniki Fest in 2001, where Seitanidis was also accorded honours as Best New Director, and where third billed in this film Spyros Stavrinidis garnered the Best Supporting Actor prize. From this same event, Seitanidis took home a trophy for Best Screenplay of the Year, given by The Hellenic Association of Playwrights. The picture's American debut occurred at the 2003 Houston Worldfest where it gained many admirers, and it was well received in 2004 at San Francisco's Greek Film Festival. All of which may cause a discerning viewer to wonder if the competition was something less than potent for a piece that provides only passable entertainment value, as it teeters bootlessly 'twixt being a melodrama of romance and a work of crime based suspense. Takis (Emilios Chilakis), a medical student whose ethics are essentially non-existent, is only barely supporting himself as a minimum stakes player at roulette in a hinterland resort casino, where he discovers that a large stakes gambler who shares the same table, Leonidas (Stavrinidis) is utilizing his numbers. When challenged, Leonidas convinces Takis, over the latter's objections, that they should function as a team. Their alliance becomes increasingly significant after Takis is expelled from his university for cheating, while at the same time falling in love with a newly hired young novice dealer, Vera (Maria Solomou), who just happens to be the daughter of Leonidas, her father thereby forbidden from entering the casino due to his offspring being employed there.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 1stVideo on February 15, 2007
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A slick thriller from Greece with a story that rolls fluidly along in the hands of writer/director Vangelis Seitanidis... AWARDS: Winner! Best Debut Film! - Greek Academy Awards!... Winner! Best Director! - Greek Academy Awards!... Winner! Best Supporting Actor! - Greek Academy Awards!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on August 24, 2004
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Here's a Greek film that tries hard to emulate American heist thrillers and does not work--in spite of the fact that it was awarded best debut film, best screenplay, and best supporting actor by the Greek Academy Awards. Boasting two leads who are electrically attractive, the film, on its surface, does have a lot going for it.

The acting is strong. The production design is also meticulous and developed quite well. And the music, too, is an excellent combination of a Greek composer's work and some American rock (in particular, Bob Dylan).

The problem is the script. Without giving too much away, the focal point of the film is based on a heist which is done so vaguely, so much under the viewer's nose, that it is virtually impossible to figure out exactly what the heist even is, much less how those who pulled it off got away with it.

In addition, when one of the heisters is nabbed, we don't see how or under what circumstances that person was caught. It is blithely explained away--again, so vaguely that ultimately the viewer winds up really not caring at all about whether the two leads are romantically involved or not, or what happens to them with the rest of their lives either.

On the plus side, the romantic scenes are actually handled quite well--one woman is involved with two different men and all three actors are fine in their roles when it comes time to engage in male-female relations. But because this is, at its core, a heist film, these scenes, while definitely engaging, unfortunately do not make up for the very skimpy scripting of the heist itself, its planning beforehand, and its aftermath.

Too bad. With a lot more focus on the mechanism of the heist and time actually given onscreen to this central event, this could have been a fine film indeed. As it is, it suffers from underdeveloped writing.
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