The Gambler
The Gambler (1974)

The Gambler stars James Caan in the title role. Constantly in debt, college professor Caan must rely on his former friends and associates to bail him out. Morris Carnovsky, as Caan's grandfather, is the first but hardly the last person… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steve Crum

Fairly good dramatics topped by strong James Caan.

Christopher Null

Caan doesn't need much else (aside from his 'fro) to carry the picture.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Haunting Karel Reisz film

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
a thriller masquerading as a drama, but some good shots heighten what's drama; the hero needs to lose to prove to himself that he actually risked; Caan… More
Christopher Brown
Great drama about a born loser who is given a second chance. An incredible character drama with the always great (at least back then) Caan.