Winner Take All (1975) Full Movie Gambling Addiction Shirley Jones TV Drama
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Shirley Jones stars as a housewife well on her way to destroying a second marriage via a gambling addiction. She's lost $30,000 of her husband's money and most of the screen time is devoted to her attempts to win it back...and more. Slowing spiraling out of control on the doomed logic of luck, she navigates a landscape of bookies, professional gamblers, pawn shops, bankers, race tracks, sleazeballs, local hotel rooms, poker tables, etc. This is a film set intensely in the public sphere with Jones taking the family station wagon from Circle of Hell A to Circle of Hell B. And director Paul Bogart suffocates us with it. The movie begins and ends at a Gambler's Anonymous meeting where Eleanor "Ellie" (Shirley Jones) tells her story.
Shirley Jones ...Eleanor Anderson
Laurence Luckinbill...Bill Anderson
Sam Groom...Rick Santos
Joyce Van Patten...Edie Gould
Joan Blondell...Beverly Craig
Sylvia Sidney...Anne Barclay
Director: Paul Bogart
Writers: Bill Garner, Caryl Ledner
Music: David Shire
TV Movie - 97 min - Drama
First Broadcast: 3 March 1975
When Ellie wins $30,000 at the track, the cashier hands her the money in cash and Ellie walks away. In reality, anyone who won this much on a single race would be required to fill out various tax statements before the winnings were paid out.