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The Poker House (2008)

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

Director:

Lori Petty

Writers:

Lori Petty (screenplay), David Alan Grier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lucas Ellman ... Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen Kymberly Mellen ... Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)
Andrew Rothenberg ... Clyde Senior
Danielle Campbell ... Darla
Selma Blair ... Sarah
Jayce Ryan Jayce Ryan ... Daniel
Kirsten Mose Kirsten Mose ... Young Agnes
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Odds Are Against Them See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Jogos See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Poker House See more »
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Duval rapes Agnes, he puts his left hand over her mouth. In some shots, his right hand is over her mouth. See more »

Quotes

[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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You're The Man
Written by Michael Godfrey
Performed by Stockholm Syndrome
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A Near Perfect Movie
21 October 2009 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

A person's life is made up of many stories, and this is just one story from Lori Petty's life, but it's told with all the style of John Steinbeck. Speaking of style, something which is lacking in so many films today, even great ones, THE POKER HOUSE is done with an amazing amount of it, and the only thing you get more of than style in this movie is the incredible performances and characterizations of Jennifer Lawrence, Sophia Bairley, Chloe Moretz, and Selma Blair, an excellent supporting cast, and a to-die-for script. The final scene of this movie is not an ending, it's a beginning, and it's so powerful I jumped to my feet while watching it. Lori Petty has an incredible grasp of the art of visual storytelling. I can't wait to see what she does next.


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