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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 »

Genres:

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

Jim Bancroft: [finds Laura at the casino when she said she was going shopping] What is with you?
Laura Bancroft: With me? It's a game, Jim. Sometimes, I like to relax.
Jim Bancroft: It's more than that.
Laura Bancroft: You think I have a problem, just say it.
Jim Bancroft: I think you have a problem, I think you gamble too much and you can't stop, and you can't see what it's doing to our family.
[drags her out of the casino]
Laura Bancroft: Hey, Jim.
Jim Bancroft: Excuse us.
Laura Bancroft: This is embarrassing, let go of me! I said let go of me!
[breaks away from him]
[...]
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Professionally Done
22 April 2008 | by rodney_bickerstethSee all my reviews

I watched this movie with my mother and loved it. I recently taped it because of the outstanding job that it did in addressing a serious issue. In this movie Laura Bancroft's life began to spiral dangerously out of control due to a severe addiction to gambling. When she started neglecting her husband and her kids to gamble she was just an addict. When she resorted to stealing to bankroll her habit she became a full blown junkie. It seemed that as the movie progressed her problem only got worse. In the end gambling not only destroyed her life but the lives of everyone around her. It just goes to show just how destructive any kind of addiction can be.


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