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The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg stars in this remake of James Toback's 1974 debut film, as a once-promising novelist whose career has petered out and whose gambling addiction has gotten him into trouble with a fearsome loan shark. Though Wahlberg is a fine actor, there's no way I can buy him as a college English professor holding forth on Shakespeare and Camus. This hews closely to Toback's signature blend of erudition and machismo, with an assortment of enjoyably overwritten, larger-than-life supporting characters (John Goodman as a crabby, bon-mot-dispensing mob boss and Michael Kenneth Williams as a smooth, bon-mot-dispensing gangster). Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directed; with Jessica Lange and Brie Larson (hey, who let these women in here?).

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Director:

  • Rupert Wyatt

Cast:

  • Mark Wahlberg
  • John Goodman
  • Brie Larson
  • Michael Williams
  • Jessica Lange
  • Sonya Walger
  • George Kennedy
  • Richard Schiff
  • Leland Orser
  • Alvin Ing
  • Emory Cohen
  • Anthony Kelley

Producers:

  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Stephen Levinson
  • Irwin Winkler
  • Robert Chartoff
  • David Winkler
  • David Crockett
  • James Toback
  • William Monahan

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