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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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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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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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It's not about money. It's about life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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$37,800,323 (USA)
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The movie is based on the true story of Phyllis Penzo and Officer Robert Cunningham. For twenty-four years, Penzo served as a waitress at Sal's Pizzeria in Yonkers, New York. Cunningham, a thirty-year veteran of the police force in nearby Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., was a regular customer at the restaurant, well-liked by the staff there. (His favorite dish was linguine with clams.) One day in March, 1984, Cunningham asked Penzo for help picking his weekly lottery numbers. Penzo suggested three numbers, and Cunningham came up with three more numbers on his own. Cunningham jokingly promised that if he won, he would split the winnings with Penzo as a tip. The next day, to Penzo's surprise, Cunningham and his wife came to the diner with the winning lottery ticket in hand. Cunningham's ticket had won $6 million, which he split with Penzo, giving her $3 million. In real life, however (as stated in a disclaimer at the end of the movie), Cunningham and Penzo were both happily married to other people for many years. See more »

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The subhead of the "Lottery Cop Hits Wife" front page that is released during the divorce trial reads "Muriel Tell's All," which obviously contains an erroneous apostrophe. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Mad About You: The City (1994) See more »

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Swingdown, Swingtown
Written and Performed by Wynton Marsalis
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so hard to dislike
7 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Warm, enchanting, simply wonderful romantic comedy plays out like a fairy tale brought to life. Cage is a gracious, good-natured New York cop who wins the lotto; against the wishes of his demanding, mercurial wife (Perez), he splits it with a hard-luck waitress (Fonda) as repayment for not leaving a tip! Predictable every step of the way, and hard to believe (though it's purportedly based on a true story), but it's so well-performed, so irresistibly charming, so sweet and romantic that you really don't mind. Not only a good showcase for the film's three ideal leads, but also a kindhearted film that gives hope to the notion of human decency. ***


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