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The Gambler (1980)

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 8 April 1980
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Jim Byrnes (teleplay), Cort Casady (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Rogers ... Brady Hawkes
Christine Belford ... Eliza
Bruce Boxleitner ... Billy Montana
Harold Gould ... Arthur Stobridge
Clu Gulager ... Rufe Bennett
Lance LeGault ... Doc Palmer
Lee Purcell ... Jennie Reed
Ronnie Scribner ... Jeremiah
Noble Willingham ... Conductor
Bruce M. Fischer ... Tabor
Borah Silver Borah Silver ... Botkin
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Johnson
Lee Paul Lee Paul ... George
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Crown
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Charlie Rose (as Ed Walsh)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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based on song | See All (1) »

Taglines:

You Got To Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold Em...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ken Kragen Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Brady Hawkes: The question is... which two of you are willing to take the bullets? So the other two can do the cutting.
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Referenced in The Office: Beach Games (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gambler
Written by Don Schlitz
Performed by Kenny Rogers
Courtesy of Liberty/United Records, Inc.
Published by Writers Night Music Administrator, Audiogram, Inc.
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Enjoyable made-for-TV Western
8 November 2014 | by chribrenSee all my reviews

"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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