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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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Hips
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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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Bank Officer
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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James Caan hated the director and said he never work with him again. See more »

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Hips: The only thing that's standing between your skull and a baseball bat is my word.
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Symphony No. 1 in D
by Gustav Mahler (as Mahler)
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as The Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Conducted by Bernard Haitink (as Haitink)
Courtesy of Philips 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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