The Gambler | 1973

Drama
Axel Freed is a well-respected professor of literature at a New York university and he has a serious gambling addiction. In spite of a long losing streak, Axel will still bet on anything and is in debt to his bookies ...more
Director: Karel Reisz
Writers: James Toback
Awards: 2 Golden Globe nominations. | full awards »

Cast

... Alex Freed

Actor

... Hips

Actor

... Billie

Actor

... A R Lowenthal

Actor

... Naomi Freed

Actor

... Carmine

Actor

... Jimmy

Actor

... Spencer

Actor

... Cowboy

Actor

... One

Actor

... Pimp

Actor

... Coach

Actor

Synopsis

Axel Freed is a well-respected professor of literature at a New York university and he has a serious gambling addiction. In spite of a long losing streak, Axel will still bet on anything and is in debt to his bookies for $44,000, far more than he can afford to pay back. After borrowing money from his mother, grandfather, and girlfriend, Axel still owes thousands of dollars to a bookie named Hips who is growing impatient. Finally, Axel wins big again, but instead of paying Hips, he keeps the money, gambles with is, and loses it all. Now in debt to several bookies again, Axel starts getting threatening visits from several "collectors" from the underworld.

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