The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson and John Goodman star in director Rupert Wyatt’s remake of The Gambler, the 1974 drama that starred James Caan. In the film, Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) is a college literature professor with a gambling addiction that begins to spiral out of control when he borrows from a gangster (Williams) and offers his own life as collateral.

The Gambler movie posterRelease Date: December 25, 2014 (Limited; Expands Jan. 1, 2015)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Drama, Adaptation, Remake
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Screenwriter: William Monahan
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams, Leland Orser, Emory Cohen
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity.
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Plot Summary

In “The Gambler,” Jim Bennett (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®-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…

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