The Gambler

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The Gambler
James Toback, 1974
USA | Format: Digital | 111 minutes

Q&A with James Toback after Nov. 12 screening!

Recently in the news due to a proposed Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio remake, director Karel Reisz and screenwriter James Toback’s Dostoevskyan gambling drama has lost none of its original punch. Fresh from his star-making turn in The Godfather, James Caan gives a dynamic performance as Axel Freed, a City College English professor whose reckless betting on basketball puts him in hock to his bookie (Paul Sorvino) and forces him to prey upon family, friends and even his own students as he attempts to climb his way out.

“The movie travels from high society to the lower depths and offers a sour and delicious bite of 1970s New York.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Photo courtesy of PARAMOUNT / THE KOBAL COLLECTION.

Series: Hollywood’s “Jew Wave”

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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