New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. However, privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him. After a heavy loss betting on basketball, he relies on his mother to bail him out to the tune of $44,000. Unfazed, he continues to gamble recklessly, winning big at a casino, only to blow it all just as quickly. When his debts become more than he can handle, the loan sharks begin to circle.
Starring James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton
Director Karel Reisz