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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

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Ed
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Young Jim
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Valet
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Number 2 (as Stephen Park)
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Blackjack Dealer #1
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Neville's Muscle
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Neville's Bookkeeper
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Neville's Posse
Teebone Mitchell ...
Neville's Posse
Jasmond Carroll ...
Neville's Posse
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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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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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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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: I've been up two and a half million dollars.
Frank: What you got on you?
Jim Bennett: Nothing.
Frank: What you put away?
Jim Bennett: Nothing.
Frank: You get up two and a half million dollars, any asshole in the world knows what to do: you get a house with a 25 year roof, an indestructible Jap-economy shitbox, you put the rest into the system at three to five percent to pay your taxes and that's your base, get me? That's your fortress of fucking solitude. That puts you, for the rest of your life, at a level of fuck you. Somebody wants you ...
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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 Midnight Screenings: Into the Woods/The Gambler (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Billy Bragg
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Complicated
26 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Gambler was a difficult film to rate. It was a movie that not everyone is going to like because not everyone is going to relate to Mark Wahlberg's character. It was a hard movie to understand. After seeing this movie you will either love it or hate it. There is really no in between. You really had to connect with the main character and his personality, and that's not possible for everyone. I really enjoyed the film because i really connected with it, but that is not going to be the case for everyone. I would highly recommend seeing it just to take the chance of loving it. Just like the gambling theme of the movie, seeing the movie will be a gamble for you.


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