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The Gambler (1974)




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The Gambler stars James Caan in the title role. Constantly in debt, college professor Caan must rely on his former friends and associates to bail him out. Morris Carnovsky, as Caan's grandfather, is the first but hardly the last person close to Caan who washes his hands of the whole mess. 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--particularly the polite but deadly loan shark portrayed by Burt Young.

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James Caan
as Axel Freed
Morris Carnovsky
as A.R. Lowenthal
Burt Young
as Carmine
M. Emmet Walsh
as Las Vegas Gambler
James Woods
as Bank Officer
Allan Rich
as Bernie
Ray Serra
as Benny
William Andrews
as Basketball Coach
Joseph Attles
as Singer in the Park
Sully Boyar
as Uncle Hy
Lucille Patton
as Ricky's Wife
Ed Kovens
as Ricky
Baron Wilson
as Basketball Janitor
Frank Sivero
as Donny's Driver
Frank Scioscia
as Man in Park with Donny
Beatrice Winde
as Receptionist
Leon Pinkney
as Street Basketball Boy
Alisha Fontaine
as Howie's Girl
Presley Caton
as Monkey's Girl
Mitch Stein
as College Announcer
Jonathan Koshner
as College Announcer
Dick Schaap
as TV Announcer
Chick Hearn
as Radio Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Gambler

All Critics (7)

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)

Caan doesn't need much else (aside from his 'fro) to carry the picture.

May 20, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Gambler


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.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

Tense story about addiction. James Caan's character is more addicted to the consequences that come along with losing than he is winning. Great overlooked film.

Tim Maples
Tim Maples

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
Adam Mahler

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