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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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Excellent romantic, feel-good film! See more (73 total) »


  (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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Rated PG for mild language and a scene of cop action
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: When you see the first pictures of the two cops the number on Charlies shirt collar is 22. Later in the movie it changes to 33, which was the number on his buddies shirt collar in the first scene.See more »
Charlie Lang:Muriel was the first girl I ever...
[Implying she was the first person he ever had sex with]
Yvonne Biasi:Really?
Charlie Lang:Yeah.
Yvonne Biasi:[sincerely] That's sweet.
Charlie Lang:I guess. So we went down to the marriage license bureau, and I remember there was this other couple there. They were orthodox Jews. It was an arranged marriage. They weren't allowed to see each other. They were surrounded by their families, they couldn't get a glimpse of each other...
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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Excellent romantic, feel-good film!, 2 January 2003
Author: LebowskiT1000 from Escondido, California, USA

I'm not really the type of person that gets all excited about romantic films, but there is just something about this film that makes you feel good all the way through.

Not only is the film very touching and quite romantic, but it also has something to say about honesty and greed in the world. Although, this isn't the first movie in history to touch on these subjects, but I'm pretty sure it has never been done quite like this before.

The cast in this film is just plain excellent. Nicolas Cage is as great as always, no big surprises or let downs in that department. Bridget Fonda is spectacular in her role. She delivers a very heart-felt performance and looks nothing less than fantastic throughout the film. Both characters played by Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda were excellent characters and really seem like people that you enjoy being around. Rosie Perez was very good in her role, I actually HATED her character, not in the sense that she did a poor job, but that her character was an unlikeable person. Wendell Pierce's character (Bo Williams) was great too, also a person you would be proud to call a friend. Isaac Hayes was nice touch in the film. The rest of the cast was very good as well.

I would definitely recommend this film to anyone that likes Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, romantic-comedies or just feel-good movies. I really enjoyed this film quite a bit and I hope that you will too. Thanks for reading,


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