Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a brilliant college lit professor leading a secret double life as a high-stakes gambler. He borrows money from his wealthy mother and further complicates his life with a relationship with one of his students. When he’s forced to borrow money from a notorious gangster, he places the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. With time running out, he must enter the criminal underworld and risk everything to keep from losing it all. Remake of the 1974 film written by James Toback, directed by Karel Reisz and starring James Caan. Vitals: Director: Rupert Wyatt. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Lange. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Dramatic Thriller, Box office gross: $33.631 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: “Mr. Self Destruct: Inside The Gambler,” “Dark Before Dawn: The Descent of The Gambler,” “Changing the Game: Adaptation,” “In The City: Locations,” “Dressing the Players: Costume Design,” deleted/extended scenes.
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