The Gambler 2: The Adventure Continues

  • 1993
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Less a sequel than a rest-stop for this popular TV-Western franchise, this outing rides the range with mixed result. Gambler Brady Hawkes (Kenny Rogers), accepts summertime custody of his son, Jeremiah (Charlie Fields), never expecting his boy to get an education in frontier lawlessness. Accompanied by partner Billy Montana (Bruce Boxleitner), Brady and...read more

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Less a sequel than a rest-stop for this popular TV-Western franchise, this outing rides the range with mixed result. Gambler Brady Hawkes (Kenny Rogers), accepts summertime custody of his son, Jeremiah (Charlie Fields), never expecting his boy to get an education in frontier lawlessness. Accompanied by partner Billy Montana (Bruce Boxleitner), Brady and Jeremiah board a luxury train called Super Chief, which is summarily attacked by bandits. Notorious badman Charlie McCourt (Mitchell Ryan) intends to pry one million dollars out of the train's tight-fisted owner, Mr. Stowbridge (Harold Gould), who's also aboard, but the tycoon reveals that his dough is stashed safely in a Jubilee, Arizona bank. To ensure Stowbridge pays up, McCourt's gang kidnaps Brady’s son. Fortunately, one of McCourt's associates, Colonel Greely (Cameron Mitchell), takes a fatherly interest in the hot-headed youngster. Aware that greedy Stowbridge will try to intercept the crooks, Brady gambles on his own rescue mission and starts recruits former cronies for help; they include Masket (Johnny Crawford), Reece (Brion James) and Wichita Pike (Ken Swofford), respectively specialists in roping, knife-throwing and demolition. Brady also hires a pretty bounty hunter named Kate Muldoon (Linda Evans) after saving her from the hangman's noose, ignoring Reece's misgivings about the shady lady. Kate does, however, have a romantic history with McCourt. Fracases erupt, gunshots ring out on the mountain passes and Jeremiah remains out of his father’s reach. When the cowboys and the desperadoes finally face off in Jubilee, will Brady be able to count on the loyalty of every member of his ad hoc posse? The hero of Rogers' long-lived country-western tune advises that "you’ve got to know when to fold," but screenwriter Jim Byrnes wasn't listening. He stretches enough material for one diverting TV movie to mini-series length, padding the running time with such disposable scenes as a slapstick pursuit by a grizzly bear and a red-hot-mama saloon song delivered by the less-than-sizzling Evans.

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  • Released: 1993
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Less a sequel than a rest-stop for this popular TV-Western franchise, this outing rides the range with mixed result. Gambler Brady Hawkes (Kenny Rogers), accepts summertime custody of his son, Jeremiah (Charlie Fields), never expecting his boy to get an ed… (more)

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