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Going for Broke (2003)

A woman becomes a compulsive gambler and eventually loses everything.

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Laura Bancroft
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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)
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Ms. Jenkins
Gillian Ferrabee ...
Principal
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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She played her life away...One coin at a time.

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14 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Going for broke - Una vita in gioco  »

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Based on the story of Gina Garcia, who was executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation from 1993 to 1997. She later lectured on the dangers of gambling. See more »

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Jennifer Bancroft: [calls Laura at work] There's no food in the fridge, and the power company called. They said if you don't pay them by tomorrow...
Laura Bancroft: I'm going to have to call you back. I can't deal with this right now.
Brad Bradford: [stands up] I should go.
Laura Bancroft: Oh no, please, Brad.
Brad Bradford: I'll think about what you asked and I'll call you next week. Take your call.
Jennifer Bancroft: [in the phone] You're not even listening to me!
Laura Bancroft: This *really* wasn't a good time, Jennifer.
Jennifer Bancroft: Well then when? At least when Jim was here he wouldn't let us starve! But you threw him...
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Everyone with any type of addictive personality NEEDS to see this film.
18 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If I had watched this movie five years ago, I would have thought it was extraordinarily well written, directed, and acted, but I would have thought the plot was unbelievable. After all, how on earth could an upper-middle-class mom and career woman could ever fall into the grips of casino gambling addiction and throw her entire life away? Now, with a mother-in-law who has destroyed her family and is in financial ruin because of gambling, I realize that this movie is far more realistic than I could ever have guessed. Actually it gave me some insight into my mother-in-law's point of view (even though I still can't fully understand it). Outstanding, outstanding movie.


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