Alex Freed is a literature professor.
He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend,
then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase his. Despite of all this he
cannot stop gambling.
film is loosely based on the short novel The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and was
filmed at a time when leading actor James Caan was battling his own addiction to
cocaine. Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.
In Blythe, California, a small town in the remote California desert, Ethan Inglebrink
is an eccentric, agoraphobic heroin addict who is obsessed with his garden. This
dark comedy follows the last days of Ethan's life as he struggles to find purpose
at a time when it might be too late to even matter. After convincing his senior poker
buddies that he is diabetic, in order to explain his frequent use of syringes, Ethan
shoots up while trying to win poker money to fund his gardening hobby and drug use.
Nearing eviction, Ethan gardens furiously in hopes of winning the $10,000 first prize
in the "Garden of the Year" contest so he can pay his delinquent rent. Between sugar-munching
binges and exchanges with a motley crew of neighbors, Ethan tries to grow the perfect
"American cowslip", a beautiful, rare flower that will be the centerpiece of his
garden and the floral representation of his life...