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The Lottery (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  29 September 1996 (USA)
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On his deathbed in the hospital, Jason's father asks that his ashes be spread over the top of his wife's grave. Jason, who came to the city with his father at a young age, remembers little ... See full summary »

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Felice Dunbar
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Graham Dunbar
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Mayor Warner (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
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Deputy Jeff Simmons
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Faith Lloyd
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Albert Smith
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Kelly Malone
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On his deathbed in the hospital, Jason's father asks that his ashes be spread over the top of his wife's grave. Jason, who came to the city with his father at a young age, remembers little of the town or his mother, but he undertakes the charge. It is an idyllic place, but gradually snips of memory return, until he remembers the significance of the fact that most of the tombstones in the town cemetery, including his mothers, bear the same day and month, one death each year. Caught up in the memory of the lottery he saw as a child, and the one he is trapped in today, escape is difficult and retribution is... Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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The original short story was better
23 June 2001 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

By all means, read Shirley Jackson's original short story; it gets down to business without the padding this film adds to it.

To all who think that the ending is sick and pointless, that was Ms. Jackson's intention exactly -- the original story is an allegory about the cruelty man inflicts upon his neighbor in the name of upholding "tradition". Ms. Jackson's story is much more affecting than this film.


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