“I like the uncertainty. The threat of losing. I like winning even though it doesn’t last…. If all my bets were safe, there wouldn’t be any juice,” says Axel Freed, James Caan’s professor more interested in gambling in British director Karel Reisz’ first American film, written by James Toback. “A perceptive and remarkably paced drama… Caan is remarkable… with excellent support from Lauren Hutton as the been-around girl with a sense of survival”—Judith Crist, New York Magazine. The Gambler, from the Golden ’70s Age of American Cinema, stars Caan in the title role. Constantly in debt, college professor Caan must rely on his former friends and associates to bail him out. As his habit becomes an incurable disease, Caan finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money—particularly the polite but deadly loan shark portrayed by Burt Young.