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Gambling (2004)

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A man goes on a desperate journey through the Las Vegas night in search of a woman who has disappeared. At the same time, he prepares to make an extraordinary wager that he hopes will alter... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
J.P. Allen ... Raymond
Chopper Bernet ... Vincent
Mara Luthane ... Anna
Janis DeLucia Allen Janis DeLucia Allen ... Amanda
Kristen Vaughan ... Elaine
Lewis Sims Lewis Sims ... Charles
Clancy Brown ... The Reverend
Kasey Howe Kasey Howe ... Kim
Stephanie Finch Stephanie Finch ... Lounge Singer
Darren Bridgett Darren Bridgett ... Pit Boss
Louis Landman ... The Dealer
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A man goes on a desperate journey through the Las Vegas night in search of a woman who has disappeared. At the same time, he prepares to make an extraordinary wager that he hopes will alter his life. GAMBLING is a dark, sensuous story of risk, love, and faith. Written by Anonymous

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When betting it all isn't enough.

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2 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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C and L Productions See more »
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The film is based on a stage play first produced in 1996 by Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. The play's US Premiere was at the Victory Theatre in Los Angeles. In 1998, the play was adapted and expanded into a novel. See more »

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Thoughtful and well-directed character study about "loss" in Vegas.
8 September 2004 | by roger-212See all my reviews

A thoughtful independent film about a man (JP Allen, the writer and director) who's lost his girlfriend late one night in Vegas.

As the security officer for the casino interrogates him, he flashes back on his relationship with her - and with other women he's known. The film is very thoughtfully composed and slowly reveals this man's psyche, both in how he deals with women, communicates with them (not too well), and his increasingly obvious gambling habit. The girl isn't the only thing he may lose tonight.

The action takes place over the course of a couple of hours late one night in a Vegas hotel. A psychological piece that is very well written (almost "too" written, in that is is very writerly - not a terrible thing), and not really driven by plot. Rather, it's a study of character and of place (physical and mental). There's some mileage gotten out of possible foul play the girl might have encountered, but the movie's heart ultimately isn't really in this particular tack. Likewise a gigantic bet that may or may not be placed.

The film isn't ultimately very "revealing" in suddenly explaining what makes these people tick. It doesn't "cheat" that way. Instead it merely observes them, sorta stuck in this point in their life. There's a well-done fascination in this well-observed piece.

The pace is perfect for what it does. Nicely acted (if a little stagey) and it looks good (it was shot on film, a nice change of pace from most low-budget indies these days). At 89 minutes a very confident and small character study, a couple in Vegas, acting the way they do, not for any reasons except that that's the way they are. And in a way, that's a more tragic fate than what befalls them - foul play, lost bets, whatever.


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