The Gamblers

The Gamblers

20 Episodes

Place your bets on some of the all-time greatest films ever made about the pulse-racing highs and gutter-dwelling lows of the gambling world. Rife with high-stakes drama—in which fortunes and lives can be made or broken by a single roll of the dice, turn of the cards, or spin of the roulette wheel—the gambling film has long been a potent vehicle for filmmakers to explore the seductively seedy edges of society and the riskiest extremes of human behavior. Featuring hard-boiled noir gems (DARK CITY, THE LAS VEGAS STORY), gritty New Hollywood character studies (THE HUSTLER, THE GAMBLER), and 1990s indie sleepers (HARD EIGHT, CROUPIER), this winning hand of gambling classics is a royal flush.

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The Gamblers
  • The Gamblers Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Gilda

    Episode 2

    Directed by Charles Vidor • 1946 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

    “Gilda, are you decent?” Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, “Me?” in one of the great star entrances in movie history. GILDA, directed by Charles Vidor, features a sultry Hayw...

  • Any Number Can Play

    Episode 3

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1949 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Alexis Smith, Wendell Corey

    The King of Hollywood, Clark Gable, plays Charley Kyng, a gambler with a heart of gold who runs the rarest of all things: an honest casino. Kyng has taken plenty of risks through the decades, known ...

  • Dark City

    Episode 4

    Directed by William Dieterle • 1950 • United States
    Starring Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors

    Charlton Heston made his Hollywood debut with this tightly wound noir featuring atmospheric direction from William Dieterle. When the illegal gambling operation he runs is shut down, Dan...

  • The Las Vegas Story

    Episode 5

    Directed by Robert Stevenson • 1952 • United States
    Starring Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price

    Linda Rollins (Jane Russell) has just seen her luck go from bad to worse. A casino owner’s been bumped off, her diamond necklace is missing, and her shady husband (Vincent Price) is suspected ...

  • Bob le flambeur

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1956 • France
    Starring Roger Duchesne, Daniel Cauchy, Isabelle Corey

    Suffused with wry humor, Jean-Pierre Melville’s BOB LE FLAMBEUR melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication to lay the road map for the French New Wave. As the ne...

  • The Hustler

    Episode 7

    Directed by Robert Rossen • 1961 • United States
    Starring Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

    It’s a winner-take-all world in one of the greatest sports movies ever made. Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman in one of his defining roles) is a small-time pool shark determined to break into the b...

  • Bay of Angels

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1963 • France
    Starring Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann

    This precisely wrought, emotionally penetrating romantic drama from Jacques Demy, set largely in the casinos of Nice, is a visually lovely but darkly realistic investigation into love and obsession. A bottle-blonde Jean...

  • Pale Flower

    Episode 9

    Directed by Masahiro Shinoda • 1964 • Japan
    Starring Ryo Ikebe, Mariko Kaga

    In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him f...

  • 5 Card Stud

    Episode 10

    Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1968 • United States
    Starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens

    After a stranger is caught cheating in a game of five-card stud in a Rincon, Colorado, saloon, Van Morgan (Dean Martin) tries unsuccessfully to save the gambler’s life as the other five players ...

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    Episode 11

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1971 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, René Auberjonois

    This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as two newcomers to ...

  • California Split

    Episode 12

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1974 • United States
    Starring George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss

    Robert Altman’s distinctive brand of loose-limbed naturalism reached sublime heights with this freewheeling buddy comedy. Elliott Gould and George Segal make for one of the most delightfully offbe...

  • The Gambler

    Episode 13

    Directed by Karel Reisz • 1974 • United States
    Starring James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton

    James Caan delivers a brilliant performance in this gritty, unsparing portrait of a gambling addict caught in a relentless downward spiral. He stars as Axel Freed, a Harvard-educated New York City Eng...

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Episode 14

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1976 • United States
    Starring Ben Gazzara, Timothy Agoglia Carey, Seymour Cassel

    John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desper...

  • Atlantic City

    Episode 15

    Directed by Louis Malle • 1980 • France, Canada
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli

    Dreams die hard amid the boardwalks and casinos of the faded New Jersey gambling town where Sally (Susan Sarandon), a young waitress and aspiring blackjack dealer, meets Lou (Burt Lancaster), ...

  • Tricheurs

    Episode 16

    Directed by Barbet Schroeder • 1984 • France
    Starring Jacques Dutronc, Bulle Ogier, Kurt Raab

    Elric (Jacques Dutronc) has a gambling addiction: from casino to casino, he plays the roulette table, consumed by a twisted mix of intense pleasure and desperation. His encounter with Suzie (Bulle Ogier...

  • House of Games

    Episode 17

    Directed by David Mamet • 1987 • United States
    Starring Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet sat in the director’s chair for the first time for this sly, merciless thriller. Lindsay Crouse stars as a best-selling author an...

  • Queen of Diamonds

    Episode 18

    Directed by Nina Menkes • 1991 • United States
    Starring Tinka Menkes, Emmellda Beech

    Nina Menkes’s entrancing dream vision of alienation on the margins of Las Vegas is one of the most radical and provocative independent films of the 1990s. Set amid the glittering casino lights and deteriorating ...

  • Hard Eight

    Episode 19

    Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson • 1996 • United States
    Starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Paul Thomas Anderson made his feature debut with this coolly gripping neonoir, an expansion of his acclaimed short CIGARETTES & COFFEE. In one of his finest performances, Philip Ba...

  • Croupier

    Episode 20

    Directed by Mike Hodges • 1998 • Ireland
    Starring Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball

    A true sleeper hit, this existential thriller from Mike Hodges made Clive Owen an international star. He brings a cool reserve to the role of aspiring writer Jack Manfred, who, struggling to make ends meet, ...