Axel Freed, a College Professor and very successful at his job, is a gambling junkie who wins big but loses it all at the same time. He borrowed from his girlfriend, his wealthy mother, and last but not least a Loan Shark from the Mob. It just gets worse for him because he loses all his cash each time and acts like it doesn't matter. But when his Girlfriend decides to leave him, his Mom decides to disown him, and the Mob wants to kill him, Axel decides to make a big score to win big and pay off everyone to stay alive and keep his dignity and come out ahead. Written by
For $10,000 they break your arms. For $20,000 they break your legs. Axel Freed owes $44,000.
Did You Know?
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
[dealer goes to reveal card
Las Vegas Dealer
You want to double on eighteen sir?
Gimme the three.
Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera L'elisir d'amore"
by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA Records See more