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Director:
Writers:
Jim Byrnes (screenplay)
Jim Byrnes (story)
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Release Date:
8 April 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold Em...
Plot:
Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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You got to know when to hold 'em... See more (6 total) »

Cast

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Kenny Rogers ... Brady Hawkes
Christine Belford ... Eliza

Bruce Boxleitner ... Billy Montana

Harold Gould ... Arthur Stobridge

Clu Gulager ... Rufe Bennett
Lance LeGault ... Doc Palmer

Lee Purcell ... Jennie Reed
Ronnie Scribner ... Jeremiah

Noble Willingham ... Conductor
Bruce M. Fischer ... Tabor
Borah Silver ... Botkin
Lew Brown ... Johnson

Lee Paul ... George
Robert Lussier ... Crown
Edward Walsh ... Charlie Rose

Marianne Gordon ... Dallas
David S. Cass Sr. ... Winters

Cathy Worthington ... Lilly
Jerry Wills ... Rufe's 1st Man
Neil Summers ... Polo
Charles Knapp ... Shuster
Ed Bakey ... Eli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clinton James Austin ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Nick Lewin ... (uncredited)
Garth Shaw ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Earl W. Smith ... Brinsley (uncredited)

Directed by
Dick Lowry 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Byrnes  screenplay
Jim Byrnes  story
Cort Casady  story

Produced by
Jim Byrnes .... producer
Terence A. Donnelly .... associate producer
Ken Kragen .... executive producer
John Marias .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Larry Cansler 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
 
Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Sawyer 
Allen E. Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Peg Cummings 
 
Makeup Department
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist
 
Art Department
Kurt V. Hulett .... property master
Brad Ross .... painter
 
Stunts
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Bixby .... gaffer
Nick Papanickolas .... dolly grip
 
Music Department
Don Schlitz .... composer: song "The Gambler"
 
Other crew
Roger Hartman .... wrangler
Jennifer Enskat .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... location scout (uncredited)
 

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94 min
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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 »
Quotes:
Brady Hawkes:The question is... which two of you are willing to take the bullets? So the other two can do the cutting.See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
You got to know when to hold 'em..., 3 August 2004
Author: rconradolson

There is a part inside everyman, a restless yearning for freedom, for adventure, that is squelched by the confines of this modern world. "The Gambler" is a film that reaches deep within the viewer, pulls out this desire, dusts it off and hands it a six-shooter. This movie is almost primal in its intimacy and unflinching in its portal of a broken man, cracked at the edges, trying to grasp to life before it overcomes him.

Kenny Rogers plays Brady Hawkes with an almost effortless, Burt Reynolds-like cool. But behind the charisma lurks demons that threaten to overtake him. I haven't seen Kenny Rogers in any other movie, so I don't know how much is acting and how much is not, but regardless, the performance is brutal.

I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it, because the experience of this film is not one to be missed. It will stay with you. After the movie was over, I looked at the box and saw it was only a mere 94 minutes long. It felt like a lifetime had passed.

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