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.
For $10,000 they break your arms. For $20,000 they break your legs. Axel Freed owes $44,000.
Did You Know?
was keen to produce the film as his first credited production at Paramount, but Irwin Winkler
, according to writer James Toback
, wouldn't bow out despite attempts by the studio to give him other projects. Evans went on to make Chinatown
(1974) instead. See more
They don't give out no prizes at the half-time Axel.
Referenced in Family Ties: The Gambler
Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera L'elisir d'amore"
by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by Enrico Caruso
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