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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?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Bennett
... Ed
... Young Jim
... Roberta
... Valet
... Number 2 (as Stephen Park)
... Amy Phillips
... Blackjack Dealer #1
... Neville Baraka
... Neville's Muscle
... Neville's Bookkeeper
... Neville's Posse
Teebone Mitchell ... Neville's Posse
Jasmond Carroll ... Neville's Posse
Ria Wilkinson ... Neville's Posse
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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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The Only way out is All in.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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25 December 2014 (USA)  »

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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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Mark Wahlberg stated that this role was the most challenging of his career. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »

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Poor People
Written & performed by Alan Price
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Very good, but requires connection with main character
27 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie to be very gripping, but like others have said it requires some connection with the main character. For me it was there and I thoroughly enjoyed it (as did my wife who insisted we watch it again a week later).

I really enjoyed the brief table dialogues, one of my favorite succinct quotes being something along the lines of:

Walhberg: (Pushes a 10k stack onto the blackjack table) Dealer: That is $10,000 dollars, are you sure... Walhberg: Are you a financial adviser or a dealer?

Walhbergs character is pretty unique, and borders on unbelievable, but it very consistent and represents very real emotions.


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