Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this he cannot stop gambling.
For $10,000 they break your arms. For $20,000 they break your legs. Axel Freed owes $44,000.
Did You Know?
In real life when a gambler owes a huge amount of money to a bookie he is not allowed to bet with any other bookie until his debt outstanding is either paid in full or substantially paid down. It is also the case that a bookie would never cover a bet to anyone who owes a large amount of money and would spread the word around town to "freeze" or "shut them out". See more
[following the big college basketball game, in which Spencer Lewis has shaved points for the Mafia to pay off Axel's gambling debt
... Okay, we're in the clear. In fact, you might just have a couple of favors coming your way.
How's that? What do you mean?
What are you, naive? This Lewis kid's got maybe a year or two left before he makes the NBA. You think my friends are gonna let him just slip through their fingers, after a night like this?
He did it for ME. He won't do it again.
Ah, quit lying...
Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera L'elisir d'amore"
by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA Records See more