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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 »
User Reviews:
Simply the greatest. See more (7 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 
Art Direction by
Richard Sawyer 
Allen E. Smith  (as Alan 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 (as Dave Cass)
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Muppets from Space (1999)See more »
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6 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Simply the greatest., 2 May 1999
Author: anonymous

Is it the subtle script? The complex, yet subtle plot? Or is it just the powerful screen presence of the one and only Kenny Rogers? Whatever the formula for this cinematic tour de force, the result is the same: sheer excellence. Only in the first and best edition of the "Gambler" films do we see the dark and tortured character of Bradey Hawkes so well displayed. Like Sir Alec Guinness in "The Bridge on the River Kwai," Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke" and Robert DeNiro in "Raging Bull," Kenny Rogers establishes himself as one of the premier actors of our, or any, lifetime. Like other great pieces of cinema ("Citizen Kane" and DeSica's "Bicycle Thief" spring to mind immediately) "The Gambler" portrays that range of emotions so special to the human experience. A masterpiece.

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