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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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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: The question is... which two of you are willing to take the bullets? So the other two can do the cutting.
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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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Light and pleasing fluff
13 February 2006 | by otterswimshomeSee all my reviews

This vehicle for Kenny Rogers has a warm avuncular charm. Rogers is not much of an actor, but he's mainly called upon to lend his considerable atmospheric presence to scenes in which others do (or attempt to do) the heavy lifting. And he's good at that: he doesn't chew scenery, he doesn't attempt moments of deep emotion, but his presence keeps the lightweight script from becoming an embarrassment.

The movie is unabashedly sentimental, like a good country song. Plot elements are formulaic, but successful enough, and the direction shows a sure touch, never letting the movie get either maudlin or silly.

A must-see for the Eight-Track-Tape crowd, but not a bad choice for those who just like a little unchallenging fluff now and again.


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