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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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Ed
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Valet
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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Neville's Bookkeeper
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Neville's Posse
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Neville's Posse
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Neville's Posse
Ria Wilkinson ...
Neville's Posse
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$33,631,221 (USA) (6 February 2015)
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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg's character eats cereal three times in the film. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Jim is at the blackjack table and wins an $80,000 bet with a natural 21, rather than being paid the correct amount which should have been $120,000, he is paid incorrectly as he receives 16 of the blue/white chips adding up to $160,000. See more »

Quotes

Ed: What do you say to the fact that I'm gonna die?
Jim Bennett: [tearing up] I'm going to miss you.
Ed: Fuck that. I won't know about that. I need to know what you're worth when I leave you nothing.
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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 »


Soundtracks

"Crucify Your Mind'
Written by Rodriguez (as Sixto Diaz Rodriguez)
Performed by Rodriguez (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Courtesy of Light In The Attic Recordings/Hey Day Entertainment, LLC/Legacy Recordings
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Much better than some reviews are saying
23 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have read few unfavourable reviews about The Gambler mostly saying the film is not gripping enough. I disagree. At no stage did i lose interest in what was going on and i thought the tension was palpable at times. A really good leading performance from Mark Wahlberg and it's good to see Michael Kenneth Williams ( Omar Little from The Wire ) in a big role. If i had to be picky i would say that the three people who Jim owed money to could have been a little bit more menacing and the ending is a little bit confusing ( or that could just be me ! ). Overall though an entertaining , enjoyable movie which also has a great soundtrack.


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