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The Gambler (1997)

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky must write a novel in 27 days in a deal to pay off his gambling debts, and feverishly dictates the novel 'The Gambler'.

Director:

Károly Makk

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Katharine Ogden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Jodhi May ... Anna Snitkina
Polly Walker ... Polina
Dominic West ... Alexei
Luise Rainer ... Grandmother
William Houston ... Pasha
Johan Leysen ... De Grieux
John Wood ... The General
Angeline Ball ... Mlle. Blanche
Marjon Brandsma Marjon Brandsma ... Mme. de Cominges
Mark Lacey Mark Lacey ... Ivan
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Maikov
Lucy Davis ... Dunya
András Fekete András Fekete ... Potapych
Patrick Godfrey ... Professor Olkhin
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Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky must write a novel in 27 days in a deal to pay off his gambling debts, and feverishly dictates the novel 'The Gambler'.

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In the grip of obsession, reason is suspended.


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Rated R for a strong sex scene and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Netherlands | Hungary | UK

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le joueur See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,317, 8 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,133, 8 August 1999
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This was not the first time director Karoly Makk made successful use of a distinguished elderly actress. In his 1971 "Love" Makk used Lili Darvas, who like Luise Rainer was a star of the Max Reinhardt theater troupe. Also like Rainer, Darvas married a famous playwright, Ferenc Molnar. (Rainer was married for a while to Clifford Odets.) See more »

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A surprisingly engaging story
22 January 2003 | by sydneypatrickSee all my reviews

Based on the true events of the writing of The Gambler, Dostoyevsky meets the much younger Anna when she comes to him as stenographer. This is as much a tale of chaste love as it is romantic, and the interweaving of the fiction they scramble to put together in order to keep him out of debt (and avoid losing the rights to all his works, both present and future!) with the elements of their reality is seamless and thoroughly engaging. The incomprable Louis Ranier shows up long enough to lose her fortune at the roulette table -- and the entire movie in three short scenes. I highly recommend this for fans of unconventional love stories and Masterpiece Theater. Those whose tastes run a bit faster may find themselves bored by the pacing and lack of flesh (but for Polly Walker's beautiful backside in one spicy scene). All in all, this one was much better than anticipated and I wouldn't mind keeping it in my collection.


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