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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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Valet
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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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Neville's Bookkeeper
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Neville's Posse
Teebone Mitchell ...
Neville's Posse
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Ria Wilkinson ...
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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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Mark Wahlberg said that he would prepare his whole life for a role like this. However he said he would never lose that much weight again for a role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[repeated line]
Frank: Fuck You
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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 »


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That Glow
Written by Paul Janeway & Jesse Phillips
Performed by St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Courtesy of St. Paul and the Broken Bones
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Complete disappointment
1 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my first ever IMDb review, but I felt compelled to write it. I'm usually pretty partial to Wahlberg's movies, but this thing is just awful. I get what the movie is about, the self loathing and self destruction. The acting in this is just so flat, and boring and poorly directed. The script is ridiculously bad.

Wahlberg seems to think blurting out his poorly written dialog as fast and as unintelligibly as possible equates to a convincing portrait of an academic. It doesn't. He seems to think that acting bored equates to the portrait of a deeply troubled self destructive man. It doesn't.

Perhaps it improved dramatically after the hour mark, but I wouldn't know. For the first time in what must be 2 years, I gave up on a film. It was so terrible, not only did I fail to engage with any one of the characters or any aspect of the story at all, I was actively hating it! I could feel the movie literally vacuously and worthlessly sucking away my time like the most boring vampire that ever existed.

Bad script, woeful acting, weak direction, poor cinematography, weak soundtrack. So yeah...um...I didn't like it much.


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