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Going for Broke (2003)

A woman becomes a compulsive gambler and eventually loses everything.

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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
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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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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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 »

Quotes

Laura Bancroft: [addressing Gamblers Anonymous] Something had to change, and that's when I came here. I had stolen over a hundred thousand dollars from the foundation. I have no job, no husband, I haven't seen my children in over a month, it's my own choice: I'm toxic to my family. And I've been seeing a therapist to try and understand what caused me to do the awful things I did. I have to set things right, and I can only do that by telling the truth.
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Very touching and kind of heartbreaking drama about the effects a gambling problem can have on a family
26 November 2006 | by Catherine_Grace_ZehSee all my reviews

GOING FOR BROKE, in my opinion, is a very touching and kind of heartbreaking drama about the effects a gambling problem can have on a family. I was shocked that Laura (Delta Burke) would even steal money from a certain place. If you want to know where, you'll have to see the movie. If you ask me, Jennifer (Ellen Page) should have been a little more respectful to Laura and Jim (Gerald McRaney). Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say, "If you ask me, GOING FOR BROKE really does show you how a gambling problem can truly affect a family." Now, in conclusion, I recommend this very touching and kind of heartbreaking drama about the effects a gambling problem can have on a family to all you Delta Burke or Gerald McRaney fans who have not seen it. You're in for some tears and a good time, so see it when you get the chance.


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