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Going for Broke (2003)

A woman becomes a compulsive gambler and eventually loses everything.

Director:

Graeme Campbell

Writer:

Deborah Serra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delta Burke ... Laura Bancroft
Ellen Page ... Jennifer Bancroft
Matthew Harbour ... Tommy Bancroft
Patricia Gage ... Lois
Joyce Gordon ... Bella
Francis X. McCarthy ... Brad Bradford (as Francis-Xavier McCarthy)
Mary Donnelly Haskell Mary Donnelly Haskell ... Martine Miller (as Mary Donnelly-Haskell)
Gerald McRaney ... Jim Bancroft
Spiro Malandrakis ... Conner (as Spiro Maland)
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Ms. Jenkins
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Principal
Raymond Stone Raymond Stone ... Judge
Richard Jutras ... Mr. Dowling
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Davenport
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Mrs. Meyers
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Storyline

Hired as executive director of a children's charity based in Reno because of her fundraising ability and hard-driving nature, a mother of two finds relief from the stress of her job in Reno's casinos. After gambling away her savings and the loans she got from lying to her parents, she begins to embezzle the charity's funds. Based on a true story. Written by Morganalee

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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First, it was just a game...Then, it turned into an obsession...Now, where will it end...IF it ends? See more »

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Drama

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calea spre pierzanie See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie is based on a true incident, which resulted in all Nevada casinos being required by law to post the telephone number for GA (that is, Gamblers Anonymous), should any of their patrons need it. See more »

Quotes

Bella: There's only one sure way to double your money in Nevada: fold it in half, then put it back in your purse.
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Everyone with any type of addictive personality NEEDS to see this film.
18 September 2007 | by generalgreerSee all my reviews

If I had watched this movie five years ago, I would have thought it was extraordinarily well written, directed, and acted, but I would have thought the plot was unbelievable. After all, how on earth could an upper-middle-class mom and career woman could ever fall into the grips of casino gambling addiction and throw her entire life away? Now, with a mother-in-law who has destroyed her family and is in financial ruin because of gambling, I realize that this movie is far more realistic than I could ever have guessed. Actually it gave me some insight into my mother-in-law's point of view (even though I still can't fully understand it). Outstanding, outstanding movie.


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