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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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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the songs featured in the film, "Another Wave From You" and "Outro" are performed by the same artist, M83. See more »

Goofs

Neville instructs Jim to make sure Lamar doesn't beat Michigan by more than 7 points. During the game, the announcers refer to the opponent as cross town rivals. This is impossible as the film is set in California. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bennett: There was a student... just the other day... who said that my problem, if one's nature is a problem, rather than just problematic, is that I see things in terms of victory or death, and not just victory but total victory. And it's true: I always have. It's either victory, or don't bother. The only thing worth doing is the impossible. Everything else is gray. You're born... as a man... with the nerves of a soldier, the apprehension of an angel, to lift a phrase, but there is no use for it. Here?...
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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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »

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Written by Hari Krishna Balachandran
Performed by Young Hunting
Courtesy of Angry Mob Music LLC
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Lacks the Required Grittiness
29 February 2016 | by SpringBeagleSee all my reviews

This would have been much easier to remake if the director had stayed true to the grittiness of the original. It's stripped clean here. From the cinematography, to the acting, the music and more, there is an overall lack of desperation. It's as if everyone making the film has never experienced desperation or addiction of any sort, which I know can't be true. Even the music is inappropriate and sounds like someone randomly picked tunes from their favorite alternative rock radio station. The romantic subplot is mere fluff and also lacks grit from the casting to the photography and inappropriate music making me feel as if I was suddenly watching a romantic comedy. Why did this UCLA beach blonde love interest work in a underground Asian owned casino? Huh? Shouldn't she have been Asian? And what would a young college student even see in this loser? Some choices just made no sense and were out of date, out of context, and simply not the right tone. I would say even Mark Wahlberg was in over his head and the role was not the right fit for him.


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