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Gambling City (1975)

La città gioca d'azzardo (original title)
Luca Altieri is a gambler. He likes cards and he is a master in playing poker. He is a cardsharper too. He begins working for "The President", who has many gambling houses and everything ... See full summary »


Sergio Martino


Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luc Merenda ... Luca Altieri
Dayle Haddon ... Maria Luisa
Corrado Pani ... Corrado
Enrico Maria Salerno ... The 'President'
Lino Troisi Lino Troisi
Franco Javarone Franco Javarone ... Lisander (as Giovanni Javarone)
Salvatore Puntillo Salvatore Puntillo
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero
Piero Palermini Piero Palermini
Carlo Gaddi Carlo Gaddi
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy
Loris Pereira Lopez Loris Pereira Lopez
Giuseppe Terranova Giuseppe Terranova
Bruno Ariè Bruno Ariè ... Hitman


Luca Altieri is a gambler. He likes cards and he is a master in playing poker. He is a cardsharper too. He begins working for "The President", who has many gambling houses and everything seems to go well until Luca falls for Maria Luisa. Unfortunately for them, she is the girl of Corrado, the son of "The President"... Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Release Date:

23 January 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gambling City See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Sergio Martino said the idea for the film came about because he wanted to make a crime thriller film (which was popular in Italy at the time) but change the rules a bit by giving the film a lighter tone. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the U.S. and Canada as THE CHEATERS runs 15 minutes shorter than the original English export edition of the film. Among the changes is the ending, which drops footage from the final reel and inserts an innocuous beach sequence (originally found in the middle of the picture) to create a far more upbeat ending. See more »


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Great story, great acting...
11 April 2002 | by realmovieseekerSee all my reviews

This movie's about a street-wise gambler who starts working for a big criminal organization, working as a professional gambler for them, Every thing seems to go alright, until Luca (Luc Merenda), falls in love with a woman who financially lives of the Big bosse's son money, in return for giving her body to him, The bosse's son want to take revenge on Luca, but his father 'The president(Who also deals in drugs, and other illegal activities) who also happens to be in a wheel chair (Enrico Maria Salerno) doesn't want his son touching Luca, being that Luca is a great Gambler, and makes alot of Money for the organization, This is the premise, Obviously the story thickens alot being full of twists and surprises, the plot making it one of the greatest tragic, violent, and complex Luc merenda's film. And Enrico Maria Salerno is obviously Great as usual, This is the typical movie that if Hollywood remade it, it would obviously be a sure number on hit.

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