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Lotto Land (1995)

Unrated | | Drama | 19 April 1996 (USA)
This film tells two interwoven stories of two single-parent families in a poor, racially-mixed neighborhood in Brooklyn. The first story is about a young black man (with aspirations of ... See full summary »

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Hank (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Wendell Holmes ...
Milt
Barbara Gonzalez ...
Joy
Suzanne Costollos ...
Flo
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Popi
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Reinaldo
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Ricki
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Warren (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
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Coco
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Freddie (as Eden Albert Borrell)
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Gloria
Monilewa Okan ...
Estelle
Cecilia Rubino ...
Reporter
Loretta Ehrhardt ...
Lady Stubbs
Paul Lemos ...
Van Driver
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This film tells two interwoven stories of two single-parent families in a poor, racially-mixed neighborhood in Brooklyn. The first story is about a young black man (with aspirations of getting away from his friends who are involved in drugs) who falls in love with a latino girl (who is heading off to college on a full scholarship). The second is about their parents, (she works in the neighborhood liquor store; he works for the phone company). The story takes place against the backdrop of a winning lottery ticket worth $27 million being sold to someone in the neighborhood from the liquor store. Written by Ken Varnum <varnumk@omri.cz>

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Milt: Well hell, if you can buy your dream for a dollar, that's all it's worth, ain't it?
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I See You
Lyrics by John Rubino
Music by The Holmes Brothers and John Rubino
Performed by The Holmes Brothers
Produced by Andy Breslau
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An enjoyable view within an established Genre.
20 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A small independent NY production. Acting was the highlight, production was satisfactory throughout, considering the limitations of time and production muscle. As with all films that are essentially "theatrical", that rely on a story and the protagonists, Lotto Land ultimately is no better than its script, which in this case is average. A comedy in the Greek sense - boy meets girl until the happy ending - is updated to a contemporary NY setting. Fatherless boy, alcoholism, the struggles to survive in the city. Successful in the detailing, the film can only mildly rise up to the emotion transcendence that is the aim of the genre.

However, for all movie buffs, certainly an enjoyable view.


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