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.
Release 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.
Official Website: TheGamblerMovie.com
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…