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The Gambler (1974)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  October 1974 (USA)
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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.

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Morris Carnovsky ...
A.R. Lowenthal
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Naomi Freed
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Carmine
Carmine Caridi ...
Jimmy
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Steven Keats ...
Howie
London Lee ...
Monkey
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Las Vegas Gambler
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Carl W. Crudup ...
Spencer
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Bernie
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Cowboy
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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.

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For $10,000 they break your arms. For $20,000 they break your legs. Axel Freed owes $44,000.

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Robert Evans was keen to produce the film as his first credited production at Paramount, but Irwin Winkler, according to writer James Toback, wouldn't bow out despite attempts by the studio to give him other projects. Evans went on to make Chinatown (1974) instead. See more »

Quotes

Axel Freed: [dealer goes to reveal card] Hold it!
Billie: You're crazy.
Axel Freed: Blessed.
Axel Freed: Double it.
Las Vegas Dealer: You want to double on eighteen sir?
Axel Freed: Yes.
[pauses]
Axel Freed: Gimme the three.
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Referenced in Family Ties: The Gambler (1984) See more »

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Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera L'elisir d'amore"
by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Worth the Gamble
6 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie back in 1974/75 when it was released. I was already a Caan man. My comments are just random tidbits. Burt Young would go on to join Caan in 1975's The Killer Elite". Monkey (London Lee) was a stand-up comic who appeared numerous times on the Ed Sullivan show in the 60's. Lauren Hutton would trade Caan for Burt Reynolds in Gator. Caan earlier had beat out Burt for the role of Sonny Corleone. The line I remember most from this film is when Axel's mother is trying to get a bank loan to fund his gambling debt. There are some bureaucratic snafus and the bank officer isn't sure he has the proof to approve the loan to mom. Caan says "I came out of her womb and I know she's my mom. Now give her the god... money!".


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