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Release Date:
8 April 1980 (USA) See more »
You Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold Em...
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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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Enjoyable made-for-TV Western See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (as Ed Walsh)

Marianne Gordon ... Dallas

Cathy Worthington ... Lilly
Charles Knapp ... Shuster
Ed Bakey ... Eli
David S. Cass Sr. ... Winters (as Dave Cass)

Neil Summers ... Polo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clinton James Austin ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Nick Lewin ... (uncredited)
Garth Shaw ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Earl W. Smith ... Brinsley (uncredited)
Jerry Wills ... Rufe's 1st Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Dick Lowry 
Writing credits
Jim Byrnes (teleplay)

Cort Casady (story) and
Jim Byrnes (story)

Don Schlitz (suggested by a song by)

Produced by
Jim Byrnes .... producer
Terence A. Donnelly .... associate producer
Ken Kragen .... executive producer
Ken Kragen .... producer
John Marias .... associate producer
Original Music by
Larry Cansler 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joe Biroc)
Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni 
Art Direction by
Richard Sawyer 
Allen E. Smith  (as Alan Smith)
Set Decoration by
Peg Cummings 
Edward J. McDonald  (as Ed McDonald)
Makeup Department
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist
Production Management
Terence A. Donnelly .... unit production manager (as Terry Donnelly)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Armando M. Huerta .... second assistant director (as Armando Huerta)
John Marias .... first assistant director
Art Department
Don Hulett .... assistant property master
Michael Kinne .... craft service
Claude F. Powell .... construction coordinator (as Claude Powell)
Ernie Sawyers .... property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property master (uncredited)
Brad Ross .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Kenneth Isley .... sound mixer (as Ken Isley)
John Kline .... sound editor
John Norman .... re-recording mixer
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunt coordinator (as Dave Cass)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... first assistant camera
Clifford Dalton .... best boy: key grip (as Cliff Dalton)
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer
M. Todd Henry .... first assistant camera (as Todd Henry)
John Hora .... additional photography
Pete G. Papanickolas .... key grip (as Pete Papanickolas)
Frederic J. Smith .... camera operator (as Fred Smith)
Gary R. Wostak .... best boy: gaffer (as Gary Wostak)
Don Bixby .... gaffer (uncredited)
Nick Papanickolas .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Dawson .... costumer
Kathleen McGregor .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
J. Benjamin Chulay .... assistant editor
Susanne Gervay .... negative cutter
Location Management
Sherry Pringle .... location manager
Jack N. Young .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Carlin .... music editor: La Da Productions, Inc.
Transportation Department
Alan Collis .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Judi Barlowe Fields .... assistant: Mr. Kragen
Bruce Colin .... production assistant
Chip Fowler .... production office coordinator
Roger Hartman .... wrangler
Ralph M. Leo .... production office coordinator (as Ralph Leo)
Judy Rosenthal .... script supervisor
Karen 'Sarge' Sargent .... production coordinator
Jennifer Enskat .... stand-in (uncredited)
Garth Shaw .... road manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:12 | Norway:16 (video rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
The GamblerSee more »


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Enjoyable made-for-TV Western, 8 November 2014
Author: chribren from Norway

"The Gambler" is a made-for-TV Western-movie, directed by Dick Lowry in 1980.

Basic plot: Brady Hawkes (played by Kenny Rogers) is a famous poker player everybody wants to play against. On his trip to New Orleans, he gets to know about his son, who asks him in a letter to help him and his mother. Together with Billy Montana (played by Bruce Boxleitner), an avid poker gamer and a gunman, they are on the way to Hawkes' own problems; including an old enemy of Hawkes sending three assassins against him...

I just finished watching this on VHS before writing this review, this because I actually enjoyed this Western-movie. The storytelling was good, and music artist Kenny Rogers does a great performance as the famous gambler who does things with honesty. Bruce Boxleitner also does a great job as a gambler, but also a gunman.

The old VHS edition I have was released in Norway by former video distributor VIP Scandinavia AS/MDC Video during the 80s, and was rated 16. According the the video cover, this film was the most popular feature being shown on TV in USA in 1980.

For a conclusion, I wish to recommend anybody who enjoys TV-movies or Westerns to watch this movie at least once. My overall rating: 9/10.

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