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Jinxed! (1982)

R | | Comedy | 22 October 1982 (USA)
Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose with ... See full summary »

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Bonita Friml
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Willie Brodax
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Harold Benson
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Milt Hawkins
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Otto
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Mr. Wing
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Woman Bettor
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Art
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Morley
George Dickerson ...
Tahoe Casino Manager
Cletus Young ...
Dealer
Tom Pletts ...
Tahoe First Monitor
Archie Lang ...
Tahoe Second Monitor
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Miss Nina
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Father (as Jim Nolan)
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Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose with him. Bonita and Willie meet and fall for each other and plot to do away with Harold and collect on his life insurance. Written by Dan Larsen <djlarse_acs>

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America's favorite tootsie is on a roll.

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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Hot Streak  »

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$13,400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Don Siegel had 25 years earlier been a mentor to Sam Peckinpah, and by the time this film was made Peckinpah was all-but banished from the industry due to his troubled film productions, often involving clashes with producers and studios. Siegel gave him a chance to return to filmmaking. During production of this film he asked Peckinpah if he would be interested in directing 12 days of second-unit work. Peckinpah immediately accepted, and his earnest collaboration with his longtime friend was noted within the industry. While Peckinpah's work was uncredited, it would lead to his being hired as the director of his final film, The Osterman Weekend (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Willie starts to carry Harold over his shoulder, Harold's arm is sticking straight out. Before they go through the door, Harold crooks his arm which is surprising since he's dead. See more »

Quotes

Willie Brodax: How 'bout a beer?
Bonita Friml: That's no good for a radiator!
Willie Brodax: Thought it might start your motor.
Bonita Friml: I haven't got a motor!
Willie Brodax: You will.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

No Jinx
Music and lyrics by Bruce Roberts, Allee Willis and Brock Walsh
Performed by Bette Midler
Produced by Bruce Roberts
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*Ouch* A very misguided film with only one high point -Bette!
10 October 1999 | by (North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

As a Bette Midler fan it is difficult for me to dislike anything associated with her, but even with my fan loyalty, it is too much for me to sit through this movie.

The plot involves a triangle between Bette as a show girl and aspiring actress, her husband, a heavy drinking gambler with no steady job, and a young Vegas dealer. The premise lies in the gambler's ability to win every hand dealt to him by the young dealer, providing him with a steady income and causing the young dealer to lose his jobs and move from casino to casino. The young dealer calls the gambler a "jinx" giving us a title.

From this very strained premise (the movie loses any chance of credibility from the start) the plot moves from boring, to awkward, to outrageous, as in "What the heck is going on?" With a lame plot, poor acting by most of the cast, and no characters the audience feels sympathy for, the only thing this film has going for it is Bette's energy. She really pours her heart into her role, as if she feels like she can make this film great by her efforts alone. But even the Divine Mrs. M. can save this film, I am sad to say.


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