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The Gambler (1980)

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (original title)
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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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) »

Taglines:

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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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

Jennie Reed: Three years ago I got married to a man named John Reed. He was a hell rat like a thousand others, digging for gold. But he struck it rich, real rich. And he married the prettiest whore in town. Suddenly there we were, mixing with the rich. Cream of Sacremento society. Even though he needed it worse than me, John thought that I could take on a little polish... learn to dress and talk like a lady. So he sent me off to a Saint Louis finishing school. Two years... I learned everything it takes to ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Office: Beach Games (2007) 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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User Reviews

 
boring boring boring
21 January 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

I don't particularly care for kenny rogers or any of the other suspects in this film except perhaps lee purcell...its only called a western because it takes place on a train between el paso and yuma, about 600 miles on a slow train ... the bad guys are headed by harold gould and clu gulagher ... everything is centered around playing poker, hence the title the gambler... not what i'd call the type of role model a father should be to his son ....you won't miss anything if you pass on this hand


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ken Kragen Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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