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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 (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
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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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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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