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The Gambler (1974)

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all of 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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Morris Carnovsky ...
A.R. Lowenthal
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Naomi Freed
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Carmine
Carmine Caridi ...
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Steven Keats ...
Howie
London Lee ...
Monkey
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Las Vegas Gambler
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Spencer
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Bernie
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Cowboy
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Axel Freed, a college professor and very successful at his job, is addicted to gambling, who wins big, but loses it all just as fast. He borrowed from his girlfriend, his wealthy mother, and last but not least a loan shark. It just gets worse for him because he can't stop. 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 Wesley Benton

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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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17 February 1975 (Denmark)  »

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Jacqueline Brookes, who played James Caan's mother, is ten years older than Caan. See more »

Quotes

Hips: Forty-four thousand dollars, Axel. It ain't just numbers.
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Referenced in Numb3rs: 7 Men Out (2009) See more »

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Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera L'elisir d'amore"
by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA Records
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excellent character study, caan can act
25 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

a shocker in the 70s james toback's take on Dostoevskyan's fate, caan actually seems to act instead of react and gives a far more compelling performance than say, Thief 7 yrs. later. The Gambler is James toback's career making debut and has some of the most intense scenes toback would ever film despite numerous strong films later on. the ending is monumental. watch it build and be amazed. 9 of 10.


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