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Writers (WGA):
Jackie Collins (books)
Jackie Collins (teleplay)
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Release Date:
7 October 1990 (USA) See more »
Based on the novels "Chances" and "Lucky" by Jackie Collins, this miniseries features the rise of Gino Santangelo in the Las Vegas casino industry... See more »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Only a 2. Horrendous casting. See more (8 total) »


 (Series Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Irizarry ... Gino Santangelo

Michael Nader ... Enzio Bonnatti

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Carrie Jones / Carolyn Dimes

Eric Braeden ... Dimitri Stanislopolous

Sandra Bullock ... Maria Santangelo

Stephanie Beacham ... Susan Martino Santangelo
Tim Ryan ... Lennie Golden

Phil Morris ... Steven Dimes

Shawnee Smith ... Olympia Stanislopolous

Alan Rosenberg ... Costa

David McCallum ... Bernard Dimes

Luca Bercovici ... Santino Bonnatti

Richard Anderson ... Mr. Duke

Leann Hunley ... Eden
Harold Pruett ... Dario Santangelo

Grant Show ... Marco
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Whitejack

Audrey Landers ... Marabelle
Charles Frank ... Sen. David Richmond
Wendy Cutler ... Jennifer
Jake Dengel
Mary Frann ... Clementine Duke

Nicollette Sheridan ... Lucky Santangelo
Nick Angotti ... Eddie Lucci

Wanda De Jesus ... Suzita
Tony DiBenedetto ... Pinky
Heather Haase ... Cindy

Liliana Komorowska ... Francesca Fern

Robert Duncan McNeill ... Craven Richmond
Debi A. Monahan ... Lucille

Virginia Morris ... Sandra
Raymond O'Keefe ... Lerdy
Jane Marla Robbins ... Judi
Robert Sampson ... Fred Lester

William Shockley ... Flash
Perry Sheehan Adair ... Court Clerk

Raquel Alessi ... Maria - Age 6
Jack Angeles ... Fat Larry
Tony Auer ... Preacher #2
Joshua Baerwald ... Bartender
Ralph M. Cardinale ... Jury Foreman
James D. Cohen ... Hotel Messenger
Nicholas Georgiade ... N.Y. Detective
Linda Hoffman ... Girl #1

Anthony S. Johnson ... Security Officer
Eric Kohner ... Catto
Sarah Beth Kulik ... Little Girl
Stu Levin ... Doctor #1
Irene Olga López ... Maid #1
Peter Mamakos ... Greek priest

Pamela Mant ... Miss Vane
Lisa Melilli ... Girl #2

Elisabeth Moss ... Lucky - Age 6
Michael Mann Munoz ... Bobby
Gunnar Peterson ... Henry
Stephen Prutting ... Doctor #2
Theresa Ring ... Hatcheck Girl
Edmund Stoiber ... Judge (as Edmond Stoiber)
Lisle Wilson ... L.A. Detective
John Winston ... Smythson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Gerson ... Enzio's henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
Writing credits
Jackie Collins (books "Chances" and "Lucky")

Jackie Collins (teleplay)

Produced by
Susan Baerwald .... executive producer
Jackie Collins .... executive producer
William Peters .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher 
Film Editing by
David Beatty 
James Galloway 
Les Green 
Susan Heick 
Casting by
Meryl O'Loughlin 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Haley 
Donald Krafft 
Costume Design by
Buffy Snyder 
Makeup Department
Carolyn Elias .... hair stylist
Alan Fama .... makeup artist (as Al Fama)
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Dorothy J. Bailey .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Franklin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Learman .... first assistant director
Lance Mazmanian .... second second assistant director
Bruce Solow .... second assistant director (as Bruce Alan Solow)
Art Department
Edwin M. Brewer .... assistant property master
R. Gilbert Clayton .... set designer
Mark Heiner .... assistant property master
Allan Lotta .... construction coordinator
David Moll .... property master
Hugo Santiago .... set designer (1990)
Charles Vassar .... set designer
Sound Department
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor (1990)
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (1990)
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Ruff .... adr mixer
Roger V. Stevenson .... cable person
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Robert Wald .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Brown .... first assistant camera
Jamie Hitchcock .... second assistant camera
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator
Casting Department
Jackie Margey .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Janiger .... key costumer: women
Michelle Kurpaska .... key costumer: men
Buffy Snyder .... costume supervisor
Howard Sussman .... set costumer (1990)
Editorial Department
Tom Clagett .... assistant film editor
David Martell .... assistant film editor
Joe McJimsey .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Richard Bronskill .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Deanna Bernal .... assistant production coordinator
Richard Dixon .... production accountant
Robert Eggenweiler .... location manager
Jason Gaudio .... production assistant
Jimmy Goldstein .... production assistant
Vera Martin .... production coordinator
Ronald M. Quigley .... location manager
Frank Tudisco .... script supervisor
Karen White .... location manager

Production Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jackie Collins' Lucky/Chances" - USA (complete title)
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272 min
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Followed by Lady Boss (1992) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Only a 2. Horrendous casting., 16 July 2007
Author: movielover1030

Chances and Lucky are great reads, but to say that the miniseries doesn't do it justice is a HUGE understatement. It's not the worst thing ever made. I just wish that the powers that were had been a little more faithful to the book, at least in the casting part. I mean, blonde, blue-eyed Nicolette Sheridan as Lucky, YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! That also goes for Sandra Bullock being cast as Maria and Shawnee Smith being cast as Olimpia. The casting director was either drunk or in a hurry. The closest that the casting people got was with Gino, played by Vincent Irizarry. There were also a lot of plots that were skipped, like Dario's homosexuality, Carrie's abuse and rape as well as how and why she came to be a prostitute, the stories of Gino's abusive father, and the list goes on and on. I would pay anything to see a "CORRECTLY CASTED AND NON-POLITICALLY CORRECT" remake of this movie, whether it be on the small screen or on the big screen, preferably on the small screen, or otherwise many subplots may have to be sacrificed due to time. Let me know if it ever happens.

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