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Going for Broke (2003)

A woman becomes a compulsive gambler and eventually loses everything.

Director:

Graeme Campbell

Writer:

Deborah Serra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delta Burke ... Laura Bancroft
Ellen Page ... Jennifer Bancroft
Matthew Harbour ... Tommy Bancroft
Patricia Gage ... Lois
Joyce Gordon ... Bella
Francis X. McCarthy ... Brad Bradford (as Francis-Xavier McCarthy)
Mary Donnelly Haskell Mary Donnelly Haskell ... Martine Miller (as Mary Donnelly-Haskell)
Gerald McRaney ... Jim Bancroft
Spiro Malandrakis ... Conner (as Spiro Maland)
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Ms. Jenkins
Gillian Ferrabee Gillian Ferrabee ... Principal
Raymond Stone Raymond Stone ... Judge
Richard Jutras ... Mr. Dowling
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ... Davenport
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Mrs. Meyers
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Storyline

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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First, it was just a game...Then, it turned into an obsession...Now, where will it end...IF it ends? See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calea spre pierzanie See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Laura Bancroft: [at Gamblers Anonymous] When I was gambling, I didn't think of anything else, except, the bullets, the coins, the spinning images. I told myself it was recreational, I mean let's face it, everyone has something that they're hooked on to one degree or another, it's human nature.
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an excellent study of a compulsive gambler
17 August 2005 | by blanche-2See 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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