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It Could Happen to You (1994)

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

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Cast

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Charlie Lang
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Yvonne Biasi
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Muriel Lang
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Bo Williams
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Jesu
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Jack Gross
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Eddie Biasi
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Sal Bontempo
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Walter Zakuto
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C. Vernon Hale
Robert Dorfman ...
Walter
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Timothy
Beatrice Winde ...
Judge
Ginny Yang ...
Mrs. Sun
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Storyline

Charlie and Muriel Lang have led simple lives - for most of their existance. That's until they win $4 million on the lottery! There is a problem, however. Prior to winning the lottery, Charlie had eaten at a cafe and hadn't been able to tip the waitress. He had promised her, jokingly, that if he won the lottery he'd give her half of it. This is why his wife, Muriel decides to leave him. She doesn't want the waitress to get a cent of their money. Infact she wants all $4 million for herself! Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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A cop. A waitress. A lottery ticket. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and a scene of cop action | See all certifications »

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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip!  »

Box Office

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$37,800,323 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released in the UK in the same week that the National Lottery was launched. See more »

Goofs

After the night at the Plaza, we see the reporter standing reading a newspaper with "Night at the Plaza" as the headline, and a picture of Charlie and Yvonne exiting the Plaza. The view then pans to the elevator, and we see Charlie and Yvonne exit the elevator, and walk out the front door of the Plaza, where their picture is taken - the same picture that the reporter was just looking at. So, the reporter was looking at a picture in the paper that hadn't been taken yet. See more »

Quotes

Angel Dupree: [Narrating] It took Charlie and Yvonne three days to open up all their mail, and when they were done New York had given them a six hundred thousand dollar tip, Charlie happily returned to the force. Yvonne got her coffee shop back. Eddie could only get work driving a cab. And Muriel, she married Jack Gross... who cleaned out the checking account and fled the country. Muriel lives in the Bronx with her mother and works at a nail salon. Charlie, Muriel and Yvonne all lived in a city where people ...
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Crazy Credits

This film was inspired by the generosity of detective Robert Cunningham (ret.) and his wife, Gina. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham have been happily married for 31 years. The waitress and her husband have been happily married for 37 years. See more »

Connections

Remade as Bade Dilwala (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Young at Heart
Music by Johnny Richards
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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OK … you can finally drop your ugly Hollywood 'baggage' right here.
27 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen the film, just grab a Pepsi out of the 'fridge, pop up some Jolly Time with a little real butter (the kind that lets you hear your arteries harden – you'll live), and take a good look at Andy Bergman and Jane Anderson's little masterpiece. You'll find the Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda you've always been looking for and never thought you'd see – together. Way beyond that, but amazingly from the get-go – and right in front of your very eyes – you'll begin to discover a good part of your heart in the process. You know, that part that guys don't like to talk about and women always do? This cynical man certainly did…

'Feel good' movie? – you better believe it. But don't shy away or you'll miss being human. All the 'good stuff' you ever imagined yet knew ahead-of-time is in this little caper: great plot, great story line, great acting – great film. And just the right amount of the right musical score. The trick is (and believe me, it's no trick at all) to put yourself in their shoes: as others have said, what would 'you' do with 2 million dollars that fell into your lap? You'll be thinking so hard you can miss the magic. Don't let that happen …

Years ago, as my flight instructor used to say after GUMP (gear, undercarriage, mixture, prop) and right before landing, '…just fly the plane, Bob.'

Just watch the movie. Your own three-point landing will work itself out – and, your arteries will soften…

8/10


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