• The Gambler (1974)

The Gambler

Release Date: 1974

DVD Release Date: May 14th, 2002

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

New York City English professor Axel Freed (James Caan) outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him. After a heavy loss betting on basketball, he relies on his mother to bail him out to the tune of $44,000. Unfazed, he continues to gamble recklessly, winning big at a casino, only to blow it all just as quickly. When his debts become more than he can handle, the loan sharks begin to circle.

Cast: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky, Jacqueline Brookes, Burt Young, Carmine Caridi, Vic Tayback

Director: Karel Reisz

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: Mother, Fall, Girlfriend, 1970s, Tense, New York City

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama