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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

While Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is waiting for Big Ernie (Domenick Lombardozzi), a Rodriguez song is playing, and a reflection of a sign, Sugar Man, is seen in a passing vehicle. It's a Rodriguez album name. See more »

Goofs

At around 30 mins) When Jim Bennett is waiting for Big Ernie to pick him up, the crew is reflected in the side of a large black SUV which drives through the frame from left to right. See more »

Quotes

Roberta: What will they do to you if you don't pay?
Jim Bennett: [nonchalantly] Break every bone in my body.
[she immediately slaps him in the face]
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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 »


Soundtracks

This Bitter Earth
Written by Clyde Otis
Performed by Dinah Washington
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Wahlberg delivers a tour dè force performance
26 November 2014 | by trublu215See all my reviews

The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett, a college professor with a dangerous and self destructive addiction to gambling at underground casinos in the underbelly of Los Angeles. His addiction soon begins to effect his professional and personal life to severe and deadly consequences. The Gambler features great performances from Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange along with flashy and stylish direction from Rupert Wyatt. Much like the 1974 original, The Gambler is very much so a character study. We see Wahlberg's Jim Bennett in every scene, and see him make every bet, lose every hand and blow every dollar without shying away from Wahlberg. This is a new, transformed and extremely mature performance from Mark Wahlberg. He is in top form here, delivering a career best performance along with the physicality of a twig. It is certainly a better portrayal of a teacher than what we see in 2008's horrendous misfire The Happening. When we see Wahlberg in The Gambler he loses himself in long monologues that never once will make you question his validity in this part. The supporting cast features Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and John Goodman. Each give amazing performances, especially Goodman who steals some scenes from Wahlberg with colorful monologues filled with expletives and subtext that is classic William Monohan but it does grow tiring after awhile. The screenplay written by Oscar winner William Monohan is far from a perfect script but it is very interesting and keeps your attention. It doesn't pack the punch The Departed did, but it gets the job done. Rupert Wyatt proves that not only can he do a big budget action spectacle as Rise of the Planet of the Apes but he can also deliver hard hitting drama. My only issue was that Martin Scorsese is such a huge influence here in filmmaking style that you start to wonder what it would be like if Wyatt just stuck to his own style instead of trying to capture something that is clearly above his talent because it does backfire on multiple occasions especially during its Hollywood-fueled finale. For a film as dark as The Gambler, the ending just simply doesn't fit and feels more like a studio ending rather than something that would be true to the film and true to the original vibe of it all. Overall, The Gambler is a fitting remake that fails to capture the essence of the original but displays Mark Wahlberg in a career changing performance that shouldn't be missed.


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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:

$9,129,999, 28 December 2014

Gross USA:

$33,680,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,280,992
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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