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It Could Happen to You -- An irrepressible romantic comedy about a humble cop who leaves a two million dollar tip to a hard-luck waitress. Stars Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda.
It Could Happen to You -- A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.


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Writer (WGA):
Jane Anderson (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1994 (USA) See more »
A cop. A waitress. A lottery ticket. See more »
A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... Charlie Lang

Bridget Fonda ... Yvonne Biasi

Rosie Perez ... Muriel Lang

Wendell Pierce ... Bo Williams

Isaac Hayes ... Angel Dupree

Víctor Rojas ... Jesu

Seymour Cassel ... Jack Gross

Stanley Tucci ... Eddie Biasi

J.E. Freeman ... Sal Bontempo

Red Buttons ... Walter Zakuto

Richard Jenkins ... C. Vernon Hale
Robert Dorfman ... Walter

Charles Busch ... Timothy
Beatrice Winde ... Judge
Ginny Yang ... Mrs. Sun

Rene Rivera ... Julio
Angel David ... Esteban
Anna Lobell ... Korean Deli Customer
Claudia Shear ... Muriel's Customer
Jimmy Sabater ... Fry Cook
Merwin Goldsmith ... Bankruptcy Judge

Vincent Pastore ... Bowling Team Member #1

Barry Squitieri ... Bowling Team Member #2
Phil Stein ... Bowling Team Member #3
Jerome Turner ... Bowling Team Member #4
George J. Manos ... Loto Official
Edward Goldstein ... Candy Store Owner

Emily Deschanel ... Paint Throwing Fur-Activist

Willie Colón ... Mayor
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Mr. Patel
Pedro Pietri ... Homeless Man in Coffee Shop (as Reverend Pedro Pietri)
Charles B. Lowlicht ... Passersby at Subway Station #1
Jed Krascella ... Passersby at Subway Station #2
Bob Sheppard ... Yankee Stadium Announcer

Frank Pellegrino ... Water's Edge Maitre D'
Kathleen McNenny ... Plaza Desk Clerk

John Louis Fischer ... Plaza Bellhop

Kaipo Schwab ... Plaza Bellhop
Candece Tarpley ... Bo's Wife
Emena C. Santiago ... Bo's Daughter

Angela Pietropinto ... Jury Foreperson
Mina Bern ... Muriel's Neighbour
Feiga Martinez ... Jesu's Mom

John Norman Thomas ... Mr. Muktananda
John R. Russell ... Blind Beggar

Ann Dowd ... Carol

Kay Tong Lim ... Sun
Jack Cafferty ... Television Reporter
Budd Mishkin ... Television Reporter
Carl White ... Television Reporter
Cheryl Washington ... Television Reporter

Peter Jacobson ... Television Reporter
Douglas Bernstein ... Television Reporter
Phil Parolisi ... Television Reporter
Amy Atkins ... Television Reporter

Alan Muraoka ... Television Reporter
Laury Marker ... Television Reporter
Felipe Luciano ... Television Reporter

Brenda Pressley ... Television Reporter
Ellen Lancaster ... Television Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julia Campanelli ... Bowler's Wife (uncredited)
Edward B. Goldstein ... Candy Store Owner (uncredited)

Mark Gorham ... Television Reporter (uncredited)

Jos Laniado ... Businessman (uncredited)

Alma Martinez ... Juror (uncredited)

Nick Taylor ... News Man (uncredited)

George Vincent ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Peter Yellen ... Saxaphone Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Bergman 
Writing credits
Jane Anderson (written by)

Produced by
Gary Adelson .... executive producer
Craig Baumgarten .... executive producer
Joseph Hartwick .... executive producer
Mike Lobell .... producer
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Caleb Deschanel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
Casting by
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
Production Design by
Bill Groom 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bradford 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... key hair stylist
Francesca Paris .... hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Baratta .... assistant unit production manager
Joseph Hartwick .... unit production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie A. Bloom .... second second assistant director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Michael DeCasper .... second assistant director
Christopher Surgent .... trainee assistant director (as Chris Surgent)
Jeff Habberstad .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
Roland Brooks .... chargeman scenic artist
Donald Caruthers .... storyboard artist
Gerald DeTitta .... lead man (as Gerald A. DeTitta)
Kathleen Dolan .... assistant property master (as Kathleen M. Dolan)
Laura Lambert .... art department assistant
Nicholas Lundy .... assistant art director
Ann Miller .... property master
Maria Nay .... art department coordinator
James Neill .... shop manager
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser
Joseph Alfieri .... carpenter (uncredited)
Henry Antonacchio .... carpenter foreman (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recordist
Gary Alper .... sound mixer
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Tony Martinez .... adr editor
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Michael W. Mitchell .... apprentice sound editor
James H. Nau .... assistant adr editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... dialogue editor
Eliza Paley .... foley editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Mike Schmidt .... cable person
Mike Schmidt .... sound recordist
Warren Shaw .... assistant sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... sound editor
Marc-Jon Sullivan .... boom operator (as Marc Jon Sullivan)
Michael J. Wechsler .... apprentice sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Al Griswold .... special effects (as Albert Griswold)
Bill Traynor .... special effects (as William Traynor)
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... opticals
Steven Arvanites .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Gary Cerveny .... stunts
Michael Dane .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Tim Gallin .... stunts
Deborah Habberstad .... stunts
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jeffrey H. Kaufman .... stunts
Suzanne Klein .... stunts
Mike Lisenco .... stunts
Jim Lovelett .... stunts
John Patrick McLaughlin .... stunts (as Jack McLaughlin)
Michael Russo .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunts
Paul Sklar .... stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunts
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera (as James Belletier)
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Thomas Jirgal .... best boy grip (as Casey Jirgal)
Henry Lynk .... camera operator
Patrick McGrath .... dolly grip
Mike Miller .... key grip (as Michael Miller)
Greg Quinlan .... best boy electric (as Gregory Quinlan)
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Scott Rathner .... assistant camera
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial assistant camera
Howard Weiner .... video assistant
Joe Collins .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Andres L. Porras .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leigh Rathner .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Rinato .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dustin Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Phillip Todd .... film loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Diamond .... casting associate
Judie Fixler .... extras casting
Christine Sheaks .... casting associate
Todd Thaler .... extras casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Julie Manoogian .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy Alberts .... costumer (as Timothy J. Alberts)
Kevin P. Faherty .... costume supervisor: men (as Kevin Faherty)
Sally Kruteck .... wardrobe shopper
Suzanne Schwarzer .... assistant costume designer
Melissa Stanton .... costume supervisor: women
Editorial Department
Sam Adelman .... first assistant editor
James Brown .... post-production assistant
Marc Cohen .... second assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Joe Violante .... dailies supervisor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor
Shari Johanson .... assistant music editor (as Shari Schwartz)
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Joe Mulherin .... composer: original source music
Jeffrey Pollack .... music consultant
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Elizabeth Wendel .... associate music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas Reilly .... transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... transportation captain: second unit (uncredited)
Other crew
Alexis Alexanian .... production coordinator
Jacob Bergman .... production assistant
Kenneth G. Brown .... production assistant
John Carrafa .... choreographer
Betty Chin .... assistant production coordinator
Mara Hade Connolly .... assistant accountant
Drew Dillard .... assistant location manager
Alston Geer .... production assistant
Steve Herman .... caterer
Jason Imber .... production assistant
Jason Kasperski .... production assistant
Diane L. Langone .... post-production accountant (as Diane Langone)
Amy Lauritsen .... production assistant
Jeff Levine .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Peter Lombardi .... production accountant
Thomas Meehan .... production assistant (as Thomas A. Meehan)
Stuart Meltzer .... assistant: Mr. Bergman
Cyril O'Neill .... production assistant
David Penotti .... production assistant
Jennifer Phillips .... assistant: Mr. Lobell
Gregory Routt .... location assistant
Lisa M. Rowe .... production assistant (as Lisa Rowe)
Robin F. Samson .... location scout (as Robin Samson)
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Alysa Shwedel .... production assistant
Betsy Sokolow .... unit publicist
Robin Squibb .... script supervisor
Pamela Thur .... location manager
Douglas Tirola .... location manager
Tom Yeager .... production assistant
Joseph Zolfo .... production assistant
John D. Bair .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jodi Shapera .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Zach Wolf .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG for mild language and a scene of cop action
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The title was originally going to be "Cop Gives Waitress Two Million Dollar Tip".See more »
Boom mic visible: At approximately 1:06 just after the scene when Eddy shows up in Yvonne's apartment, the scene switches to Charlie and Muriel's place. A microphone dips into the picture in the upper left corner and then again just to the right of the first appearance.See more »
Muriel Lang:You got the numbers wrong!See more »
Movie Connections:
They Can't Take That Away from MeSee more »


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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable piece of escapism, 30 June 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

The question that probably everybody once asked to himself / herself and many others is: what would you do if you won the lottery? Well, I know what I would do with it. I wouldn't change much to my lifestyle, but for those who don't know what to expect, this movie gives a good idea of how gaining a lot of money in a short period of time can influence your entire life... But I don't watch movies to know what to do with my life and neither should other people. Movies are entertainment and this one certainly offers plenty of that.

When Charlie Lang, a New York cop with a heart of gold, can't give a tip to Yvonne, a waitress at a small diner, he promises her that he will come back the next day to give her the double of her money or, in case he wins anything, half of his share of the state lottery. Of course she doesn't believe him, but when he comes back the next day and offers her the chance to chose between the two options, she goes for the lottery option. Only than he tells her that he has won 4 million dollars and that she will get half of that. But there is only one problem: his wife Muriel. She gets greedy, certainly doesn't want to share her money with a waitress she doesn't know, but doesn't even want to share it with her own husband. As Charlie and Muriel grow apart, Charlie and Yvonne grow together and it doesn't take long before Muriel files for divorce, grabs all the money and leaves with a rich man by her side...

There are plenty of romantic comedies nowadays and it is very hard to find a really good one. Well, this might be one of the few. I really liked it and there are many reasons for that. One certainly is that, despite the fact that we live in a world full of greed and egoism, some writers still try to give us hope by showing that not everything in the world is bad. OK, that may sound incredibly naive, but I really am not that stupid as you might think. I'm a business man in heart and soul, but sometimes I can really enjoy this type of positive escapism.

The fact that Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda play an important role in this movie also helps of course. And it has to be said, they really played their roles well and very convincingly. But they weren't the only ones, because the same can be said about Rosie Perez. She's incredibly good as the money-hungry bitch and despite what many people might think, she doesn't exaggerate. I've known people to change into someone just like her character once they had a bit of money in their hands... Overall this is a nice, perhaps a bit naive movie with some good acting and an interesting story. I really liked what I saw and find this one of the better romantic comedies I've ever seen. I give it a score of at least 7.5/10, although I think that even an 8/10 isn't exaggerated.

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