The Gambler (1974)

The Gambler (1974)

The Gambler




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Constantly in debt, college professor Caan must rely on his former friends and associates to bail him out. As his habit becomes an incurable disease, Caan finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Toback
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for The Gambler

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Fairly good dramatics topped by strong James Caan.

April 22, 2007

James Caan is unforgettable in this tense examination of a college professor who can't stop gambling. One of the many overlooked gems of the 1970s.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Haunting Karel Reisz film

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Gambler


a thriller masquerading as a drama, but some good shots heighten what's drama; the hero needs to lose to prove to himself that he actually risked; Caan keeps us interested in him

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

Great drama about a born loser who is given a second chance. An incredible character drama with the always great (at least back then) Caan.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer


A film that is driven and saved primarily by a fantastic performance from James Caan as a man who can't stop himself from destroying himself. It meanders a little too much to be something great, but the persistent rise and failure of Caan's character really drives home the point Reisz is trying to make.

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