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The Lottery (1996)

Based on the book, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

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Jason Smith
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Felice Dunbar
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Maggie Dunbar
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Graham Dunbar
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Reverend Hutchinson
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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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Chief Davis
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Henry Watkins
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Dr. Wasserman
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Albert Smith
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Kelly Malone
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Craig Lloyd
David Lenthall ...
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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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29 September 1996 (USA)  »

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A Lotaria  »

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Based on the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. See more »

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During the lottery drawing, Chief Davis stands next to Jason Smith and Deputy Simmons. After the postmaster puts the two papers for the Dunbars into the box, Davis is shown in closeup with Jason and Simmons nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Version of Fireside Theatre: The Lottery (1951) See more »

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Very Disturbing Movie
12 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw the original movie (circa 1973). At the time, it was a mandatory English class assignment to watch and write a report on it. That version, to me was even worse than the one with Dan Cortese. But again, I was only 12 years old. What a movie for a child!!!! As an adult now, I only have an occassional disturbing dream about it. When I saw the Dan Cortese version, my curiosity got the best of me and I only wanted to compare my emotions/feelings to the original and the remake. Even though I will never watch this movie again, the writing and acting was as good as only the script would allow. For people who like disturbing, twisted and at times very spooky movies....this one is for you!!! But don't say that you weren't warned!!!!!!!


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