Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks ...
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Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all of his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother, and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this, he cannot stop gambling.
Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks he knows everything about playing cards. Brady teaches Billy a few lessons along the way and they end up forming a strong friendship and team up together.Written by
This film is, of course, based on the song that Kenny Rogers sang. In that song, however, he is receiving the advice of "know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run" from an elder experienced gambler. So while Rogers plays the elder gambler in the film, it is Bruce Boxleitner who plays the role that Rogers sang in the song. See more »
I've gambled a lotta towns. I've read a lotta faces. Gambling can take hold of a man. You gotta be able to walk away from it.
I done pretty good so far. I've been around.
But not along enought to see what I've seen. Kid, I've seen cowboys gamble their saddles, loggers a winter's wages. Seen men put up the deeds to their homes and their businesses and their futures. Seen those same men blow their brains out after losing everything they own.
And heaven on Earth is a Mississippi riverboat.
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"The Gambler" is a made-for-TV Western-movie, directed by Dick Lowry in 1980.
Basic plot: Brady Hawkes (played by Kenny Rogers) is a famous poker player everybody wants to play against. On his trip to New Orleans, he gets to know about his son, who asks him in a letter to help him and his mother. Together with Billy Montana (played by Bruce Boxleitner), an avid poker gamer and a gunman, they are on the way to Hawkes' own problems; including an old enemy of Hawkes sending three assassins against him...
I just finished watching this on VHS before writing this review, this because I actually enjoyed this Western-movie. The storytelling was good, and music artist Kenny Rogers does a great performance as the famous gambler who does things with honesty. Bruce Boxleitner also does a great job as a gambler, but also a gunman.
The old VHS edition I have was released in Norway by former video distributor VIP Scandinavia AS/MDC Video during the 80s, and was rated 16. According the the video cover, this film was the most popular feature being shown on TV in USA in 1980.
For a conclusion, I wish to recommend anybody who enjoys TV-movies or Westerns to watch this movie at least once. My overall rating: 9/10.
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