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 worst for him because he loses all his cash each time and act likes it doesn't matter. Up until his Girlfriend decides to leave him, his Mom decides to disown him and the Mob wants to kill him Axel decided to get out pay up and stop before he is dead goes bust he decides to make a big score to win big and pay off everyone to stay alive and keep his dignity to 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?
According to James Toback
, before the screenplay was accepted at Paramount and was making the rounds with actors, Peter Boyle
was first interested in playing the lead. Robert De Niro
lobbied hard for the role, to the point where De Niro started to dress like the writer. Toback pressured the director to meet with De Niro. After meeting him, Reisz said that he would not and could not consider De Niro for the role, and if Toback kept insisting he would not be allowed to collaborate on the film further. 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...
Referenced in Film 2016: Episode #44.2
Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera L'elisir d'amore"
by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA Records See more