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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typical I guess
23 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These lifetime movies can suck me in if I'm in the right frame of mind. Honestly, I only saw the last half of this movie, but I didn't need to see the beginning by any means.

Once she's into her 'habit' she gets glassy eyed and her hair goes awry. The kids are neglected, all she can afford for them is oatmeal. "Really, Mom. Its OK, we LIKE oatmeal". This one's pretty putrid. The best scene is when she turns to a fellow gambler in a crummy cocktail lounge for help. "Oh Honey, we're not that kind of friends. I saw this coming, but who am I to say anything?"

Delta Burke should really steer clear of pathos. She just chews the scenery here. I much prefer Delta's brassy comic turn in recent ep's of Boston Legal!.


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