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Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980)

Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks ... See full summary »

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Eliza
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Rufe Bennett
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Doc Palmer
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Borah Silver ...
Botkin
Lew Brown ...
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Robert Lussier ...
Crown
Edward Walsh ...
Charlie Rose (as Ed Walsh)
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Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks he knows everything about playing cards. Brady teaches Billy a few lessons along the way and they end up forming a strong friendship and team up together. Written by Anonymous

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You Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold Em...

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Trivia

This film is, of course, based on the song that Kenny Rogers sang. In that song, however, he is receiving the advice of "know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run" from an elder experienced gambler. So while Rogers plays the elder gambler in the film, it is Bruce Boxleitner who plays the role that Rogers sang in the song. See more »

Quotes

Brady Hawkes: Poker's a trade, son. And an honest one. It's folks like you that give gambling a bad name. Like drunks give drinking.
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Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gambler
Written by Don Schlitz
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of Liberty/United Records, Inc.
Published by Writers Night Music Administrator, Audiogram, Inc.
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Fun for what it is.
12 April 2008 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

I never expected a movie based on a song to be a masterpiece in cinema. The "made for TV category" suits this movie just fine. For a movie that aired on network television, this film is quite good. You have two stories intertwined: Brady Hawkes meeting his son and the history there and Brady's great skill as a fair and honest poker player. Billy Montana seemed a little to pretty to pass as a cowboy in the wild west, but the character's charm makes up for it. I was expecting the Jennie Reed character to be fleshed out a little more and maybe some more interaction between Brady and his son Jerimiah. For what the film is, it works well and is an entertaining way to spend an hour and a half.


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