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The Gambler (2014)

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Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

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Steve Park ...
Number 2 (as Stephen Park)
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Chil Kong ...
Blackjack Dealer #1
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Neville's Muscle
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Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance... Written by Paramount Pictures

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The Only way out is All in.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 2014 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,300,000 (USA) (26 December 2014)

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$33,631,221 (USA) (6 February 2015)
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Despite prominent billing in the opening credits, veteran actor George Kennedy has only about 2 minutes of screen time. See more »

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Lamar refers to Jim's car as a 'BMW M1'. Jim actually drives a 'BMW 1M'. The BMW M1 hasn't been in production since the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bennett: I could stand here, stark naked, and I could YELL AS LOUD AS I WANT, and nobody would care.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening titles, as the classic Paramount logo appears onscreen, we hear the sound of a roulette as the stars are aligning over the Paramount mountain. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Gambler (1974) See more »

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Creep
Written by Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Greenwood), Albert Hammond, Michael Hazelwood, Ed O'Brien (as Edward O'Brian), Phil Selway (as Philip Selway) & Thom Yorke (as Thomas York)
Performed by Scala and Kolacny Brothers
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Not About Gambling
7 January 2015 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is about a man who has given up hope on achieving his dreams and is trying to make his pain stop by engaging in self destructive behavior... his weapon of choice is gambling but he is not a gambler. He says so multiple times. I have read the many negative reviews of this movie and I think people are really just missing the point. He wants a real love and something real to do every day and if he achieve anything beyond mediocrity then he would rather be dead. People who can relate with that sentiment will love this movie but perhaps no one else. If you enjoy a movie that makes you think a little and go beyond what's on the surface. The movie is not about gambling... it is about finding inspiration and hope.


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