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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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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 Posse
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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:

$9,300,000 (USA) (26 December 2014)

Gross:

$33,631,221 (USA) (8 February 2015)
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The final film of George Kennedy. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Jim is at the blackjack table and wins an $80,000 bet with a natural 21, rather than being paid the correct amount which should have been $120,000, he is paid incorrectly as he receives 16 of the blue/white chips adding up to $160,000. See more »

Quotes

Ed: What do you say to the fact that I'm gonna die?
Jim Bennett: [tearing up] I'm going to miss you.
Ed: Fuck that. I won't know about that. I need to know what you're worth when I leave you nothing.
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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 »

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

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Written & performed by Ray LaMontagne (as Ray LaMontagne)
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under exclusive license to RCA Records
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Not About Gambling
7 January 2015 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is about a man who has given up hope on achieving his dreams and is trying to make his pain stop by engaging in self destructive behavior... his weapon of choice is gambling but he is not a gambler. He says so multiple times. I have read the many negative reviews of this movie and I think people are really just missing the point. He wants a real love and something real to do every day and if he achieve anything beyond mediocrity then he would rather be dead. People who can relate with that sentiment will love this movie but perhaps no one else. If you enjoy a movie that makes you think a little and go beyond what's on the surface. The movie is not about gambling... it is about finding inspiration and hope.


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