The Gambler
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James Toback made his screenwriting debut with this taut drama, loosely adapted from the story by Dostoevsky. Axel Freed (James Caan) is an intelligent and well-respected professor of literature at a noted New York university, who uses great writing as a springboard for examining moral and philosophical issues in his class. But when he's not in front of the chalkboard, Axel has a serious problem -- he's hopelessly addicted to gambling. Axel will bet on almost anything, and while he lives for the heady rush of winning, it doesn't happen all that often, and Axel's latest losing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fairly good dramatics topped by strong James Caan."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Caan doesn't need much else (aside from his 'fro) to carry the picture."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"James Caan is unforgettable in this tense examination of a college professor who can't stop gambling. One of the many overlooked gems of the 1970s."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Haunting Karel Reisz film"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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