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The Gambler (1974)

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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.

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Axel Freed
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Hips
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Billie
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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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.

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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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Crime | Drama

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October 1974 (USA)  »

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Spieler ohne Skrupel  »

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Hips: [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.
Axel Freed: How's that? What do you mean?
Hips: 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?
Axel Freed: He did it for ME. He won't do it again.
Hips: Ah, quit lying...
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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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A true depiction of gambling.
18 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I found this film very, very good and being a gambler myself could relate to the central character. James Caan is brilliant as always. The film keeps simmering on until a quite dramatic ending where Axel goes to seek thrills that even gambling cannot provide him with.

A fine, realist film for all, but gamblers, quite bad gamblers at that, will find to be particularly interesting.


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