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The Gambler (1974)

R | | Crime, Drama | October 1974 (USA)
Axel 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 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 ...
Jimmy
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Steven Keats ...
Howie
London Lee ...
Monkey
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Las Vegas Gambler
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Bernie
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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 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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Jacqueline Brooks, who plays James Caan's mother, in real life is just 10 years older than Caan. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: They don't give out no prizes at the half-time Axel.
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Remade as The Gambler (2014) 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 (west coast of AZ) – 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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