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The Lottery (1996)

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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Faith Lloyd
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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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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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Doesn't do the short story by Shirley Jackson justice.
2 February 2004 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

This current day (90ish) version of "The Lottery" doesn't do the original (1948) short story by Shirley Jackson justice. However it is an interesting modernized version of the short story, with a modern day twist. For anyone who hasn't read "The Lottery" it's a great short story. It starts off as a pleasant story which could have taken place in any century. Once she has you hooked, the story takes an unexpected turn. If you like Edgar Allan Poe, you'll really enjoy Shirley Jackson's original story "The Lottery". Originally published in the June 28, 1948 issue of the New Yorker.


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