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2008 (USA) See more »
Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid. See more »
A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa. | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Jennifer Lawrence ... Agnes
Javon Johnson ... 1st 'John'

Sophi Bairley ... Bee (as Sophia Bairley)

Bokeem Woodbine ... Duval

Chloë Grace Moretz ... Cammie (as Chloe Grace Moretz)

Casey Tutton ... Sheila

Matthew Gerdisch ... Earl

Robert Gerdisch ... Burl
Lucas Ellman ... Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen ... Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)

Andrew Rothenberg ... Clyde Senior

Danielle Campbell ... Darla

Selma Blair ... Sarah
Jayce Ryan ... Daniel
Kirsten Mose ... Young Agnes
Abby Phalen ... Young Cammie
Sara Hennessy ... Young Bee
Natalie West ... Dolly

David Alan Grier ... Stymie
James Earl Jones II ... Popeye
Rich Komenich ... Meatball
Tyla Abercrumbie ... Janette
Phil Ridarelli ... Mr. Goldstein
Hashim Brown ... Little Boy
Julia Sobaski ... Rowena
Kevin Gudahl ... Bob Elder
Bernie Landis ... Mr. Jefferies
Terrion Johnson ... Rondell
Joshua Pertler ... Pookie (as Josh Pertler)

De'Shawn Washington ... Black Tony (as Deshawn Washington)
Adam McEwen ... Dooey
Justin McEwen ... Deon
Kazemde Fela Masud ... Harold
David Pompeii ... Mooney
Ellis Foster ... Lincoln

Claudia Michelle Wallace ... Drunk Lady
Greg Hollimon ... 2nd 'John' (as Gregory Holliman)

Clarke Peters ... Maurice
Jeff Christian ... Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joey Bicicchi ... Football player (uncredited)
Anthony Brawner ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)

Debbi Burns ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)

Robert Kramer ... Extra (uncredited)

Jonathan C. Legat ... Photo Journalist (uncredited)

Steve Mikula ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Aleh Neliubin ... Party-goer (uncredited)
Alan Sciranko ... Score keeper (uncredited)

Preston Tate Jr. ... Black Teen (uncredited)

Directed by
Lori Petty 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Alan Grier  writer
Lori Petty  writer

Produced by
Stephen J. Cannell .... producer
Michael Dubelko .... producer
Lisa Gildehaus .... line producer
David Alan Grier .... co-producer
Daisy Marco .... co-producer
Peter Quartaroli .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Ken Seng 
Film Editing by
Tirsa Hackshaw 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Claire Simon 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Lisa Wolff 
Set Decoration by
Desi Wolff 
Costume Design by
Erin Benach 
Makeup Department
Chelo .... makeup- & hair department head
Candace Scholl .... assistant makeup artist
Joyce Taft .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Gary Winter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Corrado .... second assistant director
Charles Leslie .... first assistant director
Nicole Real .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jason Breitzman .... graphic designer
Tom Castronovo .... art department assistant
Jeno Dellicolli .... swing gang
Justin Lieb .... prop master
Adri Siriwatt .... swing gang art department
Holly Todd .... on-set dresser
Nassoma Vernon .... art department coordinator
Jessica Voogd .... set dresser
Erica Willis McCormick .... interim art department coordinator (as Erica Willis)
Travis Witkowski .... assistant property master
Josh Zylstra .... leadman
Sound Department
Michael P. Cook .... dialogue editor
David S. DiPietro .... sound recordist
Karl Dondlinger .... boom operator
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... foley mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... supervising sound editor
Mike McGrath .... boom operator
Adam Mohundro .... sound intern
J.T. Mueller .... boom operator
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Kevin J. Summers .... boom operator
Bartek Swiatek .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Rick Cortes .... Inferno artist
Matthew LeFevour .... stunt double
Chris Nolte .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lisa Clauson .... assistant camera
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane technician
Shannon DeWolfe .... loader
Shannon DeWolfe .... video assistant
Ronald Dragosh .... key grip
Ron Forsythe .... gaffer
Andrew W. Gajda .... camera intern
Mark Karavite .... Steadicam operator: additional photography
Kevin Pittman .... best boy electric
Jeff Tomcho .... second assistant camera
Dave Wightman .... first assistant camera
Alex Willson .... electrician
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator
Terry Zumalt .... electrician
Casting Department
Shelby Cherniet .... casting associate
Julie Swistak .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Potter .... costume supervisor
Karla Strum .... additional set costumer
Editorial Department
Dave Pickett .... final colorist
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
Other crew
Nicole Basile .... production assistant
Adam Boor .... location manager
Neal Cornell .... office production assistant
Rachel Davis .... production coordinator
Jason Dusenske .... production assistant
Josh R. Field .... production assistant
Belle Francisco .... script supervisor
Carrie Gooch .... craft service head
Vanessa Hickey .... production assistant
Eric Hingst .... assistant location manager
Holli Hopkins-McGinley .... production assistant (as Holli Hopkins)
Judi Jeroslow .... assistant accountant
Jarrah Korba .... stand in for chloe grace moretz
Lori Locascio .... production assistant
David Magdael .... publicist
Michael E. Morales .... production legal counsel
Theresa Peoples .... creative executive
Peter Quartaroli .... assistant: Lori Petty
Bridget Quinn .... production office intern
Vail Romeyn .... accountant
Matthew Stratton .... armorer
Nichole Wleklinski .... key production assistant
Margo J. Zuffante .... production secretary

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Rated R for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Germany:16 | Japan:R15+ | New Zealand:R18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45428)
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Did You Know?

The film only got a UK release in 2015 and was released under the alternate title Behind Closed DoorsSee more »
Continuity: When Duval rapes Agnes, he puts his left hand over her mouth. In some shots, his right hand is over her mouth.See more »
[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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
There's just today, and then there's tonight, 16 July 2013
Author: diegorkz92 from Venezuela

Story of a little girl, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who lived in "The Poker House", something like a house where they are, pimps, drugs, gambling, that sort of thing. A drama that reflects basically how it was to live there, with her sisters and mother.

I found a good story, besides that is told by the same person who lived it, which makes it much more real, and they are many emotions in this film, which could reflect only living something like that.

For this movie Jennifer Lawrence won an award for an outstanding performance. Thing with which I also agree, because she embody the character with enough personality and gave him a very real touch to it.

Agnes: "I race the sun home in the morning, and the moon up at night. Anything can happen, and anything does. There's just today, and then there's tonight. And tonight is wonderful"

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