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The Gambler (2014)

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Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation, is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Director:

Rupert Wyatt

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Jim Bennett
George Kennedy ... Ed
Griffin Cleveland ... Young Jim
Jessica Lange ... Roberta
Omar Leyva ... Valet
Steve Park ... Number 2 (as Stephen Park)
Brie Larson ... Amy Phillips
Chil Kong ... Blackjack Dealer #1
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Neville Baraka
Da'Vone McDonald ... Neville's Muscle
Amin Joseph ... Neville's Bookkeeper
Cjon Saulsberry ... Neville's Posse
Teebone Mitchell Teebone Mitchell ... Neville's Posse
Jasmond Carroll Jasmond Carroll ... Neville's Posse
Ria Wilkinson Ria Wilkinson ... Neville's Posse
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Storyline

Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Taglines:

The Only way out is All in.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Altos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,300,000, 26 December 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,631,221, 8 February 2015
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The final film of George Kennedy. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Jim is at the blackjack table and wins an $80,000 bet with a natural 21, rather than being paid the correct amount which should have been $120,000, he is paid incorrectly as he receives 16 of the blue/white chips adding up to $160,000. See more »

Quotes

Neville Baraka: What about your family?
Jim Bennett: I got all I could get.
Neville Baraka: Can I get the money from them? If I send you to Mexico, you know, 'Oh my God! I don't know what happened to him!' Get my friend Valario to mail 'em your dick.
Jim Bennett: My family don't make the money because they pay up easily.
Neville Baraka: Apparently that's genetic.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening titles, as the classic Paramount logo appears onscreen, we hear the sound of a roulette as the stars are aligning over the Paramount mountain. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 22 December 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Thick and Thin
Written by Randall Ramirez, Sean Bennett, Brian Martin, Peter Wynn, Jeffrey Appareti, Christopher Jak
Performed by The Heyday
Courtesy of Angry Mob Music LLC
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Life is a high stakes game. This is how to play it.
7 April 2015 | by hankyankSee all my reviews

Yesterday evening watched this movie and loved it, couldn't take my eyes off.

This is not a gambling movie, this is a movie on pain. Existential pain. The character, Jim, played amazingly by Mark Wahlberg is the essence of it.

Grown up in a rich family. Intelligent. Always been told he's the smartest & talented person in the room. But deep inside he feels mediocrity. Be is bored to the hilt. He doesn't f***ing care about cars, money, his looks and even women anymore.

This is a movie about feeling alive, taking risks in life, because without a risk you're a mediocre bum, you are essentially dead. And this is exactly how Jim is feeling. Everything he does is to escape that, his flamboyant teaching, his gambling, his f*** you mentality.

Deep inside he feels he has to put it all on the line, everything, his family, all his money, his life even. Doing this is the only thing that can essentially set him free.

He's s stubborn and cocky f*** knowing that his only release is giving everything up, be humiliated, be on the ground and that's the basis of becoming a new and free man.

Coming down to the existential reason for self destruction, first we need to burn everything down, before me can build a new city on top of it.

This is his escape from his addiction, his ego & his depression. Life is a high stakes game.

Perfectly done in a grim & tense setting. Loved it, very inspiring. Thanks for making this movie!


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