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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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Borah Silver ...
Botkin
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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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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 »

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Brady Hawkes: The question is... which two of you are willing to take the bullets? So the other two can do the cutting.
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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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You've Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em
23 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on the #1 1978 song, Kenny Rogers As The Gambler is about Brady Hawkes, the titular gambler, and a young wanna-be named Billy Montana. Brady receives a letter from his son. His mother's remarried and his stepfather's beating the tar out of him. The Gambler has a son? Wait a minute! THAT wasn't in the song! That's right. It wasn't. Why? The song was a two-minute short story. The movie, which aired on CBS, was two hours long. According to the summary. 94 minutes. That's without the ads. Who remembers what they were advertising on television back in 1980? RCA, Zenith, Chrysler, Ford. and General Motors, to name a few, The others? Who knows? On the way to see his son, Brady and Billy meet Eliza, a prostitute, who rides in Charles Strobridge's private rail car. The movie's probably set between 1875 and 1880. Where? Probably somewhere in the Southwest. The song says "On a warm summer's evening on a train bound for Nowhere..." So my guess it's probably set in Arizona. There's actually city called Nowhere. We don't know. Would we like to? Maybe, maybe not. It could be anywhere in the Old West.


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