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The Gambler (2014)

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Literature 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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Jasmond Carroll ...
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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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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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Leonardo DiCaprio was originally slated to star when the project was first announced. 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

Jim Bennett: You're born as a man with the nerves of a soldier, the apprehension of an angel
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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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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.2 (2015) See more »

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Poor People
Written & performed by Alan Price
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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