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Gambling

JP Allen , Chopper Bernet , JP Allen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: JP Allen, Chopper Bernet, Clancy Brown, Mara Luthane, Janis DeLucia Allen
  • Directors: JP Allen
  • Writers: JP Allen
  • Producers: Coffee and Language
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053IBKPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A man goes on a desperate journey through the Las Vegas night in search of a woman who has disappeared. At the same time, he prepares to make an extraordinary wager that he hopes will alter his life. GAMBLING is a dark, sensuous story of risk, love and faith. Starring JP Allen, Chopper Bernet, Clancy Brown, Mara Luthane, Kristen Vaughan, Stephanie Finch and Janis DeLucia Allen. Written and directed by JP Allen, Director of Photography, KC Smith, Producer, Rick Rosenberg. Produced in association with Walk the Path Productions. A Coffee and Language Film. Based on the novel and stage play, "A marvelous story . . . told with passion and focus." - LA WEEKLY. Original language: English, Not Rated, full screen 1:33:1.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Would like help understanding what happened here March 25, 2014
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This movie, which I have been wanting to see for some time (Clancy Brown fan), was exceptionally well done on a number of counts. The acting was wonderful. The production and cinematography on this indie film were top notch as was the score. There were many moments in the film that were effective and well-observed. The problem? I really don't know what happened and how the movie actually ended. Had he imagined the entire thing? Why the flash forward 3 years. Did his girlfriend die? What did the ending shot of him alone in the desert indicate? I would have rated the movie higher if these really basic questions had been answered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Independent Film November 22, 2012
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I got on a J.P. Allen kick and rented all his films. This one's a good drama with decent production value. The acting's pretty good. It held my interest.
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1.0 out of 5 stars night time show July 25, 2012
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If you have a hard time falling asleep, buy this DVD - you won't regret it. You'll be asleep before it ends. The only way to see how it ends is to fast forward to the last 10 minutes and you will still not know what the plot is about. Even if you manage to keep your eyes open throughout the entire DVD.
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A thoughtful independent film about a man (JP Allen, the writer and director) who's lost his girlfriend late one night in Vegas.

As the security officer for the casino interrogates him, he flashes back on his relationship with her - and with other women he's known. The film is thoughtfully composed and fairly formalist in tone (though not so much as to detract from the progression of the story). It slowly reveals this man's psyche, both in how he deals with women, communicates with them (not too well), and his increasingly obvious gambling habit that may depend upon or inform his subsequent actions. The girl isn't the only thing he may lose tonight.

Taking place over the course of a couple of hours late one night in a Vegas hotel, "Gambling" is a psychological piece that is well written (almost too written in that is is very "writerly" which isn't a terrible thing), and not really driven by the mystery as much as you might expect. Rather, it's a study of character and of place (physical and mental). There's some mileage gotten out of possible foul play the girl might have encountered, but the movie's heart ultimately isn't in this particular tack. Likewise a gigantic bet that may or may not be placed.

The film doesn't suddenly reveal any surprises, explaining what makes these people tick. It doesn't "cheat" that way. Instead it merely observes them, apparently stuck in habits, in this point in their lives. There's a well-done fascination in this well-observed piece.

For what it does the pace is perfect. Nicely acted and it looks good (shot on various gauges of film, a nice change of pace from most low-budget indies these days). At 89 minutes a very confident and small character study, a couple in Vegas, following (and victims of) fate, not for any reasons except that that's the way they are and that it is. And in a way, that's a more tragic fate than what befalls them - foul play, lost bets, whatever.
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