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The Poker House (2008)

 -  Drama  -  2008 (USA)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

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Bee (as Sophia Bairley)
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Duval
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Sheila
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Earl
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Lucas Ellman ...
Clyde Junior
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Clyde Senior
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Sarah
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Daniel
Kirsten Mose ...
Young Agnes
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

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The Odds Are Against Them See more »

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Rated R for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Mike Post composed the score as a favor to Lori Petty. See more »

Goofs

The 45 record would not play properly without the adapter in the center hole. The record would slide around the turntable once the needle was placed on it and the music would become distorted and the speed of the music would vary - it would continue to speed up and slow down during the entire record. See more »

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[first lines]
1st 'John': [seeing her come in] Ah...
Agnes: [narrating] I race the sun home in the morning, and the moon up at night. There's just today, and then there's tonight. Anything can happen, then anything does. You get through it.
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Features Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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You're The Man
music and lyrics by Michael Godfrey
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An intimate reminder of my childhood
27 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie from beginning until the end. Perhaps due to the evocative nature of the film and my own very early childhood. Like Adele, the lead character and narrator of the film, it fell upon me at way too young an age, after a parental separation, to pick up the pieces, both figuratively and literally. This film is so surprisingly different than anything else that Lori Petty has done in film that I was startled to find out that it was indeed the Lori Petty from Tank Girl who penned and directed this film. A tale of religion gone wrong and a mother who couldn't deal with the consequential aftermath, a tale of a girl old beyond her years, searching for a tender love that couldn't be bargained; I wish that you see this film and take from it the hope that it inspires, the longing that children have for a pure love and the understanding that you can't always get what you want or even what you need.


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