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The Poker House (2008)

R | | Drama | 2008 (USA)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Director:

Lori Petty

Writers:

Lori Petty (screenplay), David Alan Grier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Agnes
Javon Johnson ... 1st 'John'
Sophi Bairley ... Bee (as Sophia Bairley)
Bokeem Woodbine ... Duval
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Cammie (as Chloe Grace Moretz)
Casey Tutton ... Sheila
Matthew Gerdisch ... Earl
Robert Gerdisch ... Burl
Lucas Ellman Lucas Ellman ... Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen Kymberly Mellen ... Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)
Andrew Rothenberg ... Clyde Senior
Danielle Campbell ... Darla
Selma Blair ... Sarah
Jayce Ryan Jayce Ryan ... Daniel
Kirsten Mose Kirsten Mose ... Young Agnes
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Jogos See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Poker House See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Alan Grier only worked for two days as an actor in this film. See more »

Goofs

The basketball game is a "five on five" game. High school girls played "six on six" basketball in Iowa until 1984. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
1st 'John': [seeing her come in] Ah...
Agnes: [narrating] I race the sun home in the morning, and the moon up at night. There's just today, and then there's tonight. Anything can happen, then anything does. You get through it.
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Soundtracks

Just To Be With You
Written by Michael Lloyd and Greg O'Connor
Produced by Michael Lloyd (uncredited), Greg O'Connor (uncredited)
Courtesy of Michael Music, Curb Songs and Music by Greg
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Well, That Escalated Quickly.
18 September 2014 | by dillperrybruhSee all my reviews

Okay, let me just start by saying; this is one of the best shot films i've seen in a long time. Let it be known that 80% of the cast were very young when this was shot, yet they perfectly recreated a "70's Cult Flick" theme. Very well done on that front. Plot line was very gritty and dark, but uplifting in a F**ked up sort of way. Supposedly a True Story. I gave it a seven because let it be known some of the acting is very cheesy but then that contributes to the "70's Cult Flick" theme mentioned earlier. We got a very basic character build up. It was essentially a day in the life. I personally would've liked to see more into the characters background. Smooth Start, Rough Middle, Nice Finish. Reminded me VERY MUCH of 8 Mile, Jennifer Lawrence playing Eminem's Character.


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