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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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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 ...
Neville's Posse
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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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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)

Gross:

$33,631,221 (USA) (6 February 2015)
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Mark Wahlberg was determined to nail the role of a literature professor, so much so that he sat in on many college courses around different colleges in California and analyzed many professors and their mannerisms so that he could achieve the most believable performance. See more »

Goofs

Neville instructs Jim to make sure Lamar doesn't beat Michigan by more than 7 points. During the game, the announcers refer to the opponent as cross town rivals. This is impossible as the film is set in California. See more »

Quotes

[to his college students]
Jim Bennett: If you take away nothing else from my class, desiring a thing cannot make you have it.
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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 »


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Demon Host
Written by Taylor Kirk
Performed by Timber Timbre
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.
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3 January 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Yes this is a gambling film and includes just about every cliché you can think of. No it isn't any good.

Yes Mark Wahlberg plays a gambler. No he doesn't hit, shoot, stab, or otherwise assault anyone.

Yes the film has several excellent co-stars like George Kennedy, Andre Braugher, and Richard Schiff. No you won't see very much of them and if you sneeze you may miss them.

Yes there is some romance. No it doesn't work with a girl who is half Wahlberg's age.

Yes it's great to see John Goodman in a meaty role. No he isn't going to play Jabba the Hut in the next Star Wars release.

Yes I did stay for the entire movie hoping that the final scene would somehow raise the stature of the film. No it didn't.


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