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Karel Reisz United States, 1974

Jonathan Smith's rating of the film The Gambler

Another gem from America's cinematic goldmine of the 1970s. Reisz bluntly, almost anti-dramatically, shows us the condition of addiction. Caan is wholly convincing as the nihilistic, risk seeking Axel whose moral corruption knows no bounds. He fritters away his mum's savings, drags students to his troubles & arrogantly shuns all around him. File with Taxi Driver, Chinatown, Midnight Cowboy as a tale of ubran decay.