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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Park ...
Number 2 (as Stephen Park)
Chil Kong ...
Blackjack Dealer #1
Neville's Muscle
Neville's Bookkeeper
Neville's Posse
Teebone Mitchell ...
Neville's Posse
Neville's Posse
Ria Wilkinson ...
Neville's Posse


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Only way out is All in.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los Altos  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This version of The Gambler is exactly the same length as the original. See more »


At around 30 mins) When Jim Bennett is waiting for Big Ernie to pick him up, the crew is reflected in the side of a large black SUV which drives through the frame from left to right. See more »


[from trailer]
[repeated line]
Frank: Fuck You
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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 »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »


Common People
Written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey & Russell Senior
Performed by Pulp
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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How much money did Mark Walberg owe the mob to be forced into this movie?
31 December 2014 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I never thought I would see the day when Mark Walberg appeared in a bad movie. Of course the usual clueless eggheads and elitist wannabes had to give it rave reviews because, in their minds, some jittery screen effects made a boring, classless movie 'artsy.'

The movie was boring, the dialog was inconsequential and dragged out, and there was no plot or theme. The characters, including the main character, were not developed at all and the romantic interest was basically a one night stand that at the end of the movie was made out to be Romeo and Juliet. By the end of the movie and the so called "surprise twist' I couldn't care less about whether Walberg's character won or lost, lived or died. The only redemption was the superb acting by Walberg and Goodman, but they didn't come anywhere close to saving this movie. It was simple boring and nonsensical. I'm glad that I saw this on 12/31/14, because if I had seen it a day later, then it would have ruined the New Year for me.

Now I understand why people pirate movies. After getting their pockets picked by movies like this, it is only right that they would look to pick the pocket of Hollywood right back. Do yourself a favor and see any other movie. Even Plan 9 from Outer Space would be better than this dog.

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