peteg's blog - noise - movies - 2014 12 16 TheGambler

The Gambler (James Caan, 1974)

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I liked Caan's decade-later Thief and hoped for a similar neon wonderland here. Instead I got something of a morality fable with a fudged ending. I never found him particularly convincing here, apart, perhaps, from when he calls forth a three at a blackjack table. Paul Sorvino is the canonical standover man.