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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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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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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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When Mayor Warner calls the Marcus family, a closeup is shown of an arm in a blue and white seersucker jacket drawing from the box. Two names later, the head of the Oxley family is also wearing a blue and white seersucker jacket. See more »

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Referenced in Roseanne: Hit the Road Jack (1997) See more »

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It's supposed to be disturbing
5 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is based on the disturbing short story by Shirley Jackson; I was horrified by the short story and as I was watching it the story seemed familiar. It does a great job depicting the atmosphere of the creepy small town, and accomplishes its main goals, which I think are to tell Jackson's story with a modern twist and scare the audience, make them think. It's definitely a different kind of horror film, one that makes you wonder and search your mind for answers to why they did what they did.


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