The Gambler

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New York City English professor Axel Freed 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.

  1. Karel Reisz


  2. James Toback


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  1. James Caan

    James Caan

    Axel Freed

  2. Paul Sorvino

    Paul Sorvino


  3. Lauren Hutton

    Lauren Hutton


  4. Morris Carnovsky

    Morris Carnovsky

    A. R. Lowenthal

  5. Jacqueline Brookes

    Jacqueline Brookes

    Naomi Freed

  6. Burt Young

    Burt Young


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • October 2, 1974
    R, Theatrical



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