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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
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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She played her life away...One coin at a time. 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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Final film of Norris Domingue. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Bancroft: [calls Laura at work] There's no food in the fridge, and the power company called. They said if you don't pay them by tomorrow...
Laura Bancroft: I'm going to have to call you back. I can't deal with this right now.
Brad Bradford: [stands up] I should go.
Laura Bancroft: Oh no, please, Brad.
Brad Bradford: I'll think about what you asked and I'll call you next week. Take your call.
Jennifer Bancroft: [in the phone] You're not even listening to me!
Laura Bancroft: This *really* wasn't a good time, Jennifer.
Jennifer Bancroft: Well then when? At least when Jim was here he wouldn't let us starve! But you threw him...
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A Must See For All
17 August 2003 | by MimiAnnSee all my reviews

Splendid acting by all of the characters. Outstanding illustration of the consequences of compulsive gambling. Gambling must be viewed as entertainment, not as a means to earn money and to "win back what you have lost." It is easy to see how you can get seduced into the artificial atmosphere of the casino, and even more so how you can lose track of time at the slot machines, therefore neglecting your obligations, like how Laura put her children's lives in danger several times. This movie serves as a warning to how anyone can wake up one morning and discover that everything is lost due to gambling addiction. If just one person's life is turned around as a result of this excellent movie, if just one person decides to receive help, it is worth it.


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