Winner Take All Film Details
Overview: In this TV-movie, Shirley Jones plays an average American housewife who just happens to be addicted to gambling. The story chronicles how her problem is destroying her “ideal” suburban life…
Review: ***SPOILERS*** Right on target made for TV movie, one of the best, about compulsive gambling and how it destroys those who are effected by it. Having already ruined her first marriage Eleanor “Elie” Anderson, Shirley Jones, has kept her addiction to gambling from her second husband Bill,Laureance Luckinbill, a widower with a 12 year old daughter Stacy, Lorie Busk. It’s when Elie got involved in a card game at a local gambling den and lost $750.00 that her trying to keep her gambling habit in check fell completely apart. Desperately wanting to win back her money Elie went back to her previous life of a compulsive gambler and in no time at all destroyed not only her life but that of Bill’s, who’s $30,000.00 in saving she squandered away, as well as her step-daughter Stacy future of having a two parent family. We first get to see Elie at the beginning of the movie addressing a group of people like herself at an G.A, Gamblers Anonymous, meeting spilling her heart out about how gambling, and her inability to control it, put her in the fix that she finds herself in now. We soon get to see how Elie slowly got herself wasted, financially and emotionally, by going back to the evils that she, after getting married to Bill, tried to put behind her and had now ruined her, and her family’s, life. Shirley Jones’ performance as the helpless Elie Anderson is about as good a performance of a compulsive gambler that I’ve see in any major Hollywood production on the subject. We see Elie’s life spiral down in flames as she goes through her husbands savings going into enormous dept to the bookies and loan-sharks and eventually ending up trying to pay her debt off by hocking the family jewels. As a final insult Elie ends up putting out, after paying him back the money that she owes him, to the sleazy loan-shark Rick Santo, Sam Groom, who built up her confidence by giving her worthless tips at he racetrack that he knew were fake. It was Satno who by egging her on got Elie to write out a number of worthless and fraudulent checks that if cashed, by Santo, could put her behind bars. Bill who had no idea of his wife’s Elie’s addiction found out the hard way, by the bank telling him that his account was zeroed out, what she was doing behind his back. This as he was about to start up a business with the cash, $30,000.00, that he entrusted her with! Like all gamblers Elie did have her share of luck at both the racetrack and gambling, both legal and illegal,joints but as expected she blew her hard won money that would have paid back all her debts and restored her husbands Bill’s saving account. Elie did that by her gambling it away in her wanting more and instead ending up losing it all. Hard to find made for TV movie that’s more then worth the effort of spending a hours time at a local DVD bargain bin that shows how compulsive gambling has ruined many a person, like Elie Anderson, who falls prey to it.
Duration: 97 min
Also known as: Le gagnant ramasse tout,Winner Take All,Time Lock,La giocatrice