A woman becomes a compulsive gambler and eventually loses everything.

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Laura Bancroft
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Matthew Harbour ...
Tommy Bancroft
Patricia Gage ...
Lois
Joyce Gordon ...
Bella
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Brad Bradford (as Francis-Xavier McCarthy)
Mary Donnelly-Haskell ...
Martine Miller
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Jim Bancroft
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Conner (as Spiro Maland)
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...
Ms. Jenkins
Gillian Ferrabee ...
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Raymond Stone ...
Judge
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Mr. Dowling
Alan Fawcett ...
Davenport
Susan Almgren ...
Mrs. Meyers
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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

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Going for broke - Una vita in gioco  »

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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 »

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Laura's Mother: [upon seeing that Laura's house is being taken away] ... I don't know whether to hold you or slap you. I'm not sure either would do you much good.
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Very touching and kind of heartbreaking drama about the effects a gambling problem can have on a family
26 November 2006 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

GOING FOR BROKE, in my opinion, is a very touching and kind of heartbreaking drama about the effects a gambling problem can have on a family. I was shocked that Laura (Delta Burke) would even steal money from a certain place. If you want to know where, you'll have to see the movie. If you ask me, Jennifer (Ellen Page) should have been a little more respectful to Laura and Jim (Gerald McRaney). Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say, "If you ask me, GOING FOR BROKE really does show you how a gambling problem can truly affect a family." Now, in conclusion, I recommend this very touching and kind of heartbreaking drama about the effects a gambling problem can have on a family to all you Delta Burke or Gerald McRaney fans who have not seen it. You're in for some tears and a good time, so see it when you get the chance.


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