The Gambler (1974) (Widescreen)

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James Caan portrays a compulsive gambler who can't quit or win. He falls into debt to the mob for $40,000 but seems to relish the thrill of gambling against the long shot. As a professor of literature at a New York University, he is in over his head, until his mother gives him some money which he quickly tries to increase in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the odds never allow him to win or fully recover, so his future is in the mob's hands. Caan and girlfriend Lauren Hutton are a sexy duo, and Caan aptly plays the risk-taker as a man with no future.

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James Caan portrays a compulsive gambler who can't quit or win. He falls into debt to the mob for $40,000 but seems to relish the thrill of gambling against the long shot. As a professor of literature at a New York University, he is in over his head, until his mother gives him some money which he quickly tries to increase in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the odds never allow him to win or fully recover, so his future is in the mob's hands. Caan and girlfriend Lauren Hutton are a sexy duo, and Caan aptly plays the risk-taker as a man with no future.

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Starring: James Caan, Lauren Hutton, Paul Sorvino, Vic Tayback, Jacqueline Brookes, Burt Young, M. Emmet Walsh
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 01/08/2013
Rating: R
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Widescreen
Run Time (in minutes): 111 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Mono
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.44
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5.0 stars 1/1/2015 by mdsllfjksdfjsdl
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Excellent film about addiction to gambling. James Caan is superb in the role of a college professor who cannot, and doesn't want to, control his addiction even when it costs him his family, his lover, his profession, and eventually his own life is threatened by the mob who owns his debt. All the actors including Paul Sorvino as the mobster, and Lauren Hutton as his love interest give outstanding performances. This film was remade in 2014 starring Mark Wahlberg, and the new screenplay is no where near as affecting as this original from 1974. The characters are not fully developed in the remake, and the unbelievable happy ending is just a cop out. James Caan shows addiction as it spirals out of control, and in the end he finds himself seeking even worse forms of self destruction. One of my favorite films.

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