The Gambler (2014)

Director
Rupert Wyatt

Main cast
Mark Wahlberg; John Goodman; Brie Larson; Michael Kenneth Williams; Jessica Lange

Genres
Thriller, Crime, Drama

Description
Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?


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