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The Gambler (1997)

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Sir Michael Gambon) must write a novel in twenty-seven 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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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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 (Sir Michael Gambon) must write a novel in twenty-seven 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

This was two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Luise Rainer's first theatrical movie since Hostages (1943). See more »

Goofs

(at around 32 mins) In the story-within-a-story supposedly being written by Dostoevsky in 1866, a woman says, "Would you like to play canasta, General?" Canasta was not invented until 1939, some 58 years after Dostoevsky's death. See more »

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Version of Der Spieler (1938) See more »

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Still scene stealing after 50 years.
11 August 2001 | by sibisi73See all my reviews

Makk's take on the 27 days Dostoyevsky worked to complete the novel 'Rouletenberg' is a mediocre attempt to inject some kind of passion into a direly dull subject. Themes of obsession and lust are all there bubbling under the surface but we never get under the skin of it, we never really go through the experience with Dostoyevsky, which ultimately means we hardly give a care.

The saving grace in amongst some incredibly earnest, yet unaffecting performances, is Luise Rainer's mesmerising ten, or so, minutes on screen. All wide-eyed and full of charm, she steals the movie,as the Grandmother relishing the chance to play at roulette for the first time. The anticipation, delight, and despair in this brief appearance leave you wanting more. Sadly, there isn't any!

Makk's film looks good, with the requisite period detail, and atmospheric slo-mo, and overlapping repeat shots, but with such a lacklustre story it didn't really ignite any enthusiasm in this viewer.


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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

Gross USA:

$9,133
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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