The Gambler 5: Playing For Keeps

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

The previous films in which country singer Kenny Rogers played the titular card player were less forced than this lumbering Western, which shoehorns the gamblin' man Brady Hawkes into the myth of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Hawkes (Rogers) takes a break from gambling to spruce the a ranch he won in a poker game, but that project quickly falls by...read more

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The previous films in which country singer Kenny Rogers played the titular card player were less forced than this lumbering Western, which shoehorns the gamblin' man Brady Hawkes into the myth of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance

Kid. Hawkes (Rogers) takes a break from gambling to spruce the a ranch he

won in a poker game, but that project quickly falls by the wayside when he sees a newspaper photo of Butch (Scott Paulin), Sundance, Kid (Brett Cullen) and the Wild Bunch gang. To his surpise, Brady recognizes the face of his estranged, tenderfoot son, Jeremiah Hawkes (Kris Kamm), among the outlaws! Jeremiah had dropped out of his Eastern college, roamed the frontier and found himself in a Western hoosegow. Coincidentally, Butch and Sundance were imprisoned in the same jail, and when they broke out they liberated Jeremiah, who then joined the gang. Brady tries to intercept his son at a train robbery, which is quickly overrun with Pinkerton Guards, but gets his first break when the Wild Bunch’s Black Jack Ketchum (Martin Kove) is wounded and captured during a payroll robbery. The sketchy information he gets from Ketchum allows Brady to predict Jeremiah’s next move. During a Lily Langtry (Dixie Carter) concert, the law closes in on the outlaws and ensnares Jeremiah, but Brady, now in cahoots with Sundance’s girlfriend, Etta Place (Mariska Hargitay), is still hot in pursuit. Butch and Sundance once again help Jeremiah escape from jail and flee to Bolivia. Brady must find Jeremiah before he, like his outlaw benefactors, go down a blaze of glory. While THE GAMBLER RETURNS is a genuinely enjoyable confection, this episodic mini-series is hamstrung by the awkwardness with which writers Frank Q. Dobbs and Caleb Pirtle shove the Gambler's fictional antics into the semi-biographical exploits of real-life figures.

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The previous films in which country singer Kenny Rogers played the titular card player were less forced than this lumbering Western, which shoehorns the gamblin' man Brady Hawkes into the myth of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Hawkes (Rogers) takes a… (more)

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