MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,473 this week

The Gambler (1974)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  October 1974 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,588 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 5 critic

Alex 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 his. Despite of all this he cannot stop gambling.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 27 Jan 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Gambler (1974)

The Gambler (1974) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Gambler.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Axel Freed
...
Hips
...
Billie
Morris Carnovsky ...
A.R. Lowenthal
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Naomi Freed
...
Carmine
Carmine Caridi ...
Jimmy
...
One
Steven Keats ...
Howie
London Lee ...
Monkey
...
Las Vegas Gambler
...
Bank Officer
Carl W. Crudup ...
Spencer
...
Bernie
...
Cowboy
Edit

Storyline

Alex 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 his. Despite of all this he cannot stop gambling.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gambler  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Hips: Forty-four thousand dollars, Axel. It ain't just numbers.
See more »

Connections

Remade as The Gambler (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Am I the only one who understands the underlying theme?
8 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just about everyone who has posted a reply about the shocking ending was simply left too much in the dark to realize that it tied together a different root demise of Axel Freed than gambling.

Just as a compulsive behavior leads to compulsive gambling, the root evil of Axel Freed was that he had a masochist behavior. When you look a little closer at all the scenes where he acts out this kind of behavior, it makes more sense. The problem lies in that the casual observer is only looking at the problem gambling aspect. There is more to this guy than just that.

The ways he handles his relationships with his mother, girlfriend, grandfather and feelings at the end towards the basketball player ALL indicate there is masochist behavior involved. These are more than just selfish acts. There is some actual self hatred going on as well. Without giving away the final scene, this scene further accentuates the point by sending himself into that situation. The final scene was a conscious act, not something resulting from random chance or risk.

So despite the movie having some gambling theme to it, this really wasn't necessarily about gambling addiction. It was about the nature of Axel Freed. If the movie had no gambling scenes in it at all this point would be more readily identifiable.

The only real oddity in the final scene is the placement of the final scene. If this scene was placed somewhere in the middle of the movie, the underlying theme of his masochist pattern of behavior would have been more easily identified with. Because the movie started with a gambling scene, we all assumed it was just about gambling. Wrong!

Its a tricky concept to catch the first time. Watch this movie again with this concept in mind and the movie will make more sense.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I need HELP something serious......... burntmattr
Monkey varsania
Was the Gambler naive? OldHector
Favorite ending of any movie CoolJonathan
Great Underrated Actor dallaszs
$44,000 in 1974 is worth $208,530.81 today. foxboro27
Discuss The Gambler (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?