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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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Light and pleasing fluff See more (7 total) »


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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
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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: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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Light and pleasing fluff, 13 February 2006
Author: otterswimshome from Ireland

This vehicle for Kenny Rogers has a warm avuncular charm. Rogers is not much of an actor, but he's mainly called upon to lend his considerable atmospheric presence to scenes in which others do (or attempt to do) the heavy lifting. And he's good at that: he doesn't chew scenery, he doesn't attempt moments of deep emotion, but his presence keeps the lightweight script from becoming an embarrassment.

The movie is unabashedly sentimental, like a good country song. Plot elements are formulaic, but successful enough, and the direction shows a sure touch, never letting the movie get either maudlin or silly.

A must-see for the Eight-Track-Tape crowd, but not a bad choice for those who just like a little unchallenging fluff now and again.

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