In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place ... See full summary »
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
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 »
There's two kinds of problems: the kind you run FROM, and the kind you run TO. Make sure you know which is which.
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Splendid acting by all of the characters. Outstanding illustration of the consequences of compulsive gambling. Gambling must be viewed as entertainment, not as a means to earn money and to "win back what you have lost." It is easy to see how you can get seduced into the artificial atmosphere of the casino, and even more so how you can lose track of time at the slot machines, therefore neglecting your obligations, like how Laura put her children's lives in danger several times. This movie serves as a warning to how anyone can wake up one morning and discover that everything is lost due to gambling addiction. If just one person's life is turned around as a result of this excellent movie, if just one person decides to receive help, it is worth it.
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