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The Gambler [Blu-ray] [2014]

  • SKU: 4736208
  • Release Date: 11/10/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (288 out of 332)

    Special Features


    • Changing the game: adaptation
    • Dark before dawn: the descent of The Gambler
    • Deleted/extended scenes
    • Dressing the players: costume design
    • In the city: locations
    • Mr. self destruct: inside The Gambler

    Synopsis


    The Gambler
    In this remake of the James Caan 1974 vehicle The Gambler, an English professor (Mark Wahlberg) who is also a compulsive gambler finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money. Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a lecturer reeling from the death of his beloved grandfather (George Kennedy). His all-or-nothing personality gets him in debt for more than a quarter of a million dollars to the no-nonsense Mr. Lee (Alvin Ing), who runs an illegal gambling den. Jim attempts to play his way out of the hole by borrowing money from vicious criminal Neville Baraka (Michael Kenneth Williams), but his strategy backfires and leaves him owing the latter as well. His wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) initially refuses to give him any more money, which prompts Jim to make contact with Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark who offers to front him the cash he needs, but promises that failure to repay will lead to the death of his "bloodline." At the same time, Jim teaches a class of college kids about Shakespeare and Camus. His best student, Amy (Brie Larson), openly flirts with him, but he's also preoccupied with trying to get through to Lamar (Anthony Kelley), a star basketball player whom the university higher-ups want him to pass so he can continue to play. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Mark Wahlberg
      Mark Wahlberg - Jim Bennett
    • Brie Larson
      Brie Larson - Amy Phillips
    • Jessica Lange
      Jessica Lange - Roberta
    • John Goodman
      John Goodman - Frank
    • Emory Cohen
      Emory Cohen - Dexter



    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 332 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

      Posted
      TheDrumDemon
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      Jim Bennett (Academy Award (R)-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award (R)-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett's future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Worth a Look

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      pedrodepakas
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      Mark Wahlberg is intense and compelling as a gambling-addicted university professor in suspenseful crime drama The Gambler, a slick update of a grittier 1974 James Caan movie. But his character’s self-destructive behavior strains the viewer’s sympathy almost as much as it strains that of the people around him, including his wealthy mother ( Jessica Lange), the Jewish mobster he approaches for a loan ( John Goodman), and his most talented creative writing student ( Alison Brie). ‘It’s either victory, or don’t bother’ is his attitude to life, which makes for some gripping scenes as he gets into perilous scrapes with vengeful loan sharks and Korean gangsters.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very well done

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      SgtRambo
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      Mark Wahlberg doesn't make bad movies (except for The Truth About Charlie, but we'll forget that one). His acting ability was once again on display in The Gambler. Every gut-wrenching moment on screen he feels, you feel too. When he makes a mistake, you will genuinely be disappointed with his character. John Goodman was also very believable in his role as well. This may not be a movie that you watch once per year, but it is one that you should see at least once.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The Gambler

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      Hoppy
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      A remake of the earlier vehicle with James Cann, which seemed really good back in the day (don't know how it would hold up by todays filmaking standards though). Mark W did a fine job, but since I was already familiar with earlier material I didn't really feel the tension that I did watching the original. Overall not a bad movie, get it on sale... go ahead and take a gamble!!! I think it is more of a 3.5 than a 3-star rating.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good not Great

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      jhortega
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      It’s was hard to know what to make of Mark Wahlberg’s character in The Gambler . The man he plays, Jim Bennett, is a failed novelist, a self-loathing college lecturer, an overgrown trust-fund brat and an inveterate blackjack addict. like the supporting cast ,the gangster (Michael K. Williams) loan shark (John Goodman), his semi-estranged mother (Jessica Lange) Amy (Brie Larson) a promising female student.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Gammer
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      This movie is great, anyone that is a fan of Mark Whalburb will love this movie! It is nothing like he is in the Ted movies but he is such a great actor that you need to see this movie if you are a fan of his, he really plays a great role in this movie! I'm so glad I bought this movie instead of renting it so I can watch it again whenever I want it is such a great movie!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Captivating View with Eccentric Characters

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      CWLW
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      In the beginning the pace is slow – it’s a story of an intellectual gambler who is directionless and tends toward losing both at life and at games to a point of recklessness. The film has a great and most interesting collection of eccentric characters and Mark Wahlberg was at the top of his game demonstrating strength of character acting.

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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Should rename movie...Degenerate Gambler

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      JonnyPat
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      I love playing black jack and poker and really looked forward to seeing this movie with one of my favorite actors. But to my disappointment, it was a sad story about his struggles with life and how basically started to gamble like no one I have ever seen. It was as though he was a degenerate gambler. Completely misguided previews and terrible movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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