6.4/10
611
9 user 6 critic

The Gambler (1980)

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 8 April 1980
Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Jim Byrnes (teleplay), Cort Casady (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Brady Hawkes, Billy Montana, and Jeremiah Hawkes are on a train bound for a huge gambling event when the train is taken over by a gang of vicious killers in search of money. As ransom, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Bruce Boxleitner, Linda Evans
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Brady Hawkes has to run to his son's rescue once again in this continuation of the Gambler stories. Jeremiah is now a young man who has become involved with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Scott Paulin, Brett Cullen
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Brady Hawkes and Billy Montana join forces once again in this new adventure. This time around their goal is to help the Sioux fight the government and get the supplies they need. They also ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Bruce Boxleitner, Marc Alaimo
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Gambler Brady Hawkes is back and he's about to lose his primary means of livelihood, when a law banning gambling is about to be passed. But in honor of that there's going to be one last... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Rick Rossovich, Reba McEntire
Coward of the County (TV Movie 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A life-long yellow-belly who made a deathbed promise to his father to be a pacifist seeks bloody revenge on the men who gang raped his wife.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Fredric Lehne, Largo Woodruff
The Gambler (1974)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all of his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother, and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this, he cannot stop gambling.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton
The Gambler (1997)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky must write a novel in 27 days in a deal to pay off his gambling debts, and feverishly dictates the novel 'The Gambler'.

Director: Károly Makk
Stars: Michael Gambon, Jodhi May, Polly Walker
Wild Horses (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An over-the-hill rodeo champion gets fired from his assembly line job in Texas. He and a buddy then decide to head to Wyoming to get a job herding mustangs. His wife gives him her his ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Pam Dawber, Ben Johnson
The Gambler III (2014)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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?

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the old west, a man becomes a Sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan
Six Pack (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Diane Lane, Erin Gray
Rio Diablo (TV Movie 1993)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A groom and a bounty hunter go after his kidnapped bride.

Director: Rod Hardy
Stars: Kenny Rogers, Travis Tritt, Naomi Judd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Rogers ... Brady Hawkes
Christine Belford ... Eliza
Bruce Boxleitner ... Billy Montana
Harold Gould ... Arthur Stobridge
Clu Gulager ... Rufe Bennett
Lance LeGault ... Doc Palmer
Lee Purcell ... Jennie Reed
Ronnie Scribner ... Jeremiah
Noble Willingham ... Conductor
Bruce M. Fischer ... Tabor
Borah Silver Borah Silver ... Botkin
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Johnson
Lee Paul Lee Paul ... George
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Crown
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Charlie Rose (as Ed Walsh)
Edit

Storyline

Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks he knows everything about playing cards. Brady teaches Billy a few lessons along the way and they end up forming a strong friendship and team up together. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on song | See All (1) »

Taglines:

You Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold Em...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ken Kragen Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is, of course, based on the song that Kenny Rogers sang. In that song, however, he is receiving the advice of "know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run" from an elder experienced gambler. So while Rogers plays the elder gambler in the film, it is Bruce Boxleitner who plays the role that Rogers sang in the song. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Stobridge: Mrs. Reed... you've been riding this car for a long time now. It's awfully drafty, dusty... must be quite uncomfortable.
Jennie Reed: Well, since you own the railroad, Mr. Stobridge, why don't you do something about it?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gambler
Written by Don Schlitz
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of Liberty/United Records, Inc.
Published by Writers Night Music Administrator, Audiogram, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

You got to know when to hold 'em...
3 August 2004 | by rconradolsonSee all my reviews

There is a part inside everyman, a restless yearning for freedom, for adventure, that is squelched by the confines of this modern world. "The Gambler" is a film that reaches deep within the viewer, pulls out this desire, dusts it off and hands it a six-shooter. This movie is almost primal in its intimacy and unflinching in its portal of a broken man, cracked at the edges, trying to grasp to life before it overcomes him.

Kenny Rogers plays Brady Hawkes with an almost effortless, Burt Reynolds-like cool. But behind the charisma lurks demons that threaten to overtake him. I haven't seen Kenny Rogers in any other movie, so I don't know how much is acting and how much is not, but regardless, the performance is brutal.

I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it, because the experience of this film is not one to be missed. It will stay with you. After the movie was over, I looked at the box and saw it was only a mere 94 minutes long. It felt like a lifetime had passed.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed