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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Bella: [on gambling] 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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an excellent study of a compulsive gambler
17 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Delta Burke plays a compulsive gambler, and Gerald McRaney her husband, as in real life, in "Going for Broke." The film shows the step by step deterioration of a woman's life when she starts betting at the local casino. She borrows from the foundation for which she works, borrows from family, and eventually gambles the grocery money. Even when she wins, she loses, because she can't stop.

The story holds one's interest and one can't help but feel sorry and frustrated for the character as she digs herself in deeper and deeper, neglecting her children, husband, and job. The story is extra sad because, of course, this happens to people every day due to one addiction or another.

Burke, McRaney, and the rest of the cast do an impressive job.


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