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Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 8 April 1980
Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Jim Byrnes (teleplay), Cort Casady (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Rogers ... Brady Hawkes
Christine Belford ... Eliza
Bruce Boxleitner ... Billy Montana
Harold Gould ... Arthur Stobridge
Clu Gulager ... Rufe Bennett
Lance LeGault ... Doc Palmer
Lee Purcell ... Jennie Reed
Ronnie Scribner ... Jeremiah
Noble Willingham ... Conductor
Bruce M. Fischer ... Tabor
Borah Silver Borah Silver ... Botkin
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Johnson
Lee Paul Lee Paul ... George
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Crown
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Charlie Rose (as Ed Walsh)
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Storyline

Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks he knows everything about playing cards. Brady teaches Billy a few lessons along the way and they end up forming a strong friendship and team up together. Written by Anonymous

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based on song | See All (1) »

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You Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold Em...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gambler See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ken Kragen Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is, of course, based on the song that Kenny Rogers sang. In that song, however, he is receiving the advice of "know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run" from an elder experienced gambler. So while Rogers plays the elder gambler in the film, it is Bruce Boxleitner who plays the role that Rogers sang in the song. See more »

Quotes

Brady Hawkes: Poker's a trade, son. And an honest one. It's folks like you that give gambling a bad name. Like drunks give drinking.
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Referenced in Sex & the City: The Original XXX Parody (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gambler
Written by Don Schlitz
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of Liberty/United Records, Inc.
Published by Writers Night Music Administrator, Audiogram, Inc.
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Simply the greatest.
2 May 1999 | by Joker-37-2See all my reviews

Is it the subtle script? The complex, yet subtle plot? Or is it just the powerful screen presence of the one and only Kenny Rogers? Whatever the formula for this cinematic tour de force, the result is the same: sheer excellence. Only in the first and best edition of the "Gambler" films do we see the dark and tortured character of Bradey Hawkes so well displayed. Like Sir Alec Guinness in "The Bridge on the River Kwai," Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke" and Robert DeNiro in "Raging Bull," Kenny Rogers establishes himself as one of the premier actors of our, or any, lifetime. Like other great pieces of cinema ("Citizen Kane" and DeSica's "Bicycle Thief" spring to mind immediately) "The Gambler" portrays that range of emotions so special to the human experience. A masterpiece.


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