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243 Ratings

The Gambler

Directed by Karel Reisz
United States, 1974
Crime, Drama


Axel Freed, a college professor and very successful at his job, is addicted to gambling, who wins big, but loses it all just as fast. He borrowed from his girlfriend, his wealthy mother, and last but not least a loan shark. It just gets worse for him because he can’t stop.

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The Gambler Directed by Karel Reisz

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1975 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Critics reviews

The planting of Billie [Lauren Hutton]‘s speech in Las Vegas about her former lover getting slashed after foolishly gambling away all his money is so precisely matched by Axel’s scar in the closing shot that the intervention of any independent intelligence — Axel’s, Caan’s, Karel Reisz’s, the spectator’s — is made to seem totally superfluous to the author’s purposes (although Reisz doesn’t help matters much by underlining such points when they are already italicized).
March 01, 1975
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