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Lucky Numbers (2000)

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A television weatherman scams a local lottery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Simmons
Det. Chambers
Jerry Green
Chief Troutman
Wendy the Waitress
Nurse Sharpling
Bobby (as John F. O'Donahue)


Winter, 1988: Harrisburg PA's celebrity weatherman, Russ Richards, is broke: he's borrowed heavily to open a snowmobile dealership, and it's still unseasonably warm. Gig, his seedy pal, advises him to run an insurance scam; when it goes awry, Russ is out another $10,000 and in trouble with Dale, a bat-wielding thug. Gig convinces Russ to rig the state lottery with the help of Crystal, a gold-digging ditz with a heart of tin. They have to find a beard to buy the ticket, and then they have to cash it. Soon, murder and various double-crosses add to Russ's nightmare. A lazy cop zeroes in. Jail is closer than riches. Will Russ have to choose between his money and his life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When they put their heads together... it's a no brainer.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Numbers  »

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Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,536,625 (USA) (27 October 2000)


$10,014,234 (USA) (15 December 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Roth and John Travolta's second film together, the first one was Pulp Fiction (1994). See more »


When Det. Pat Lakewood arrives at the scene of the jackknifed trailer, Russ throws a crow bar at the Detective's windshield and it breaks. In the next shot as Detective Lakewood pulls away, the windshield is no longer broken. See more »


Larry: Remember I told you about my brother's car, the one that got in a wreck?
Russ: For the sake of expediency, I am going to say yes.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Bad Bad Sign
Written by Dan Hartman (as Daniel E. Hartman)
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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One of my favorite underrated films
25 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why wasn't this movie well-received? Simple. It's a "dark" comedy. And let's face it, the general public doesn't like dark comedy. They want to see goofy, Jim-Carrey-type comedies that make you laugh out loud, while making you feel all warm and tingly inside. "Lucky Numbers" doesn't, for a second, make you feel warm and tingly. But I have a dark, cynical sense of humor and this movie was a delight for me to watch. It's a good idea, and it was well-executed. The talented cast helps make the film work. Lisa Kudrow is never fully convincing as her ruthless character, but she's still fun to watch. I do think John Travolta gives one of his best performances, since he doesn't play the usual tough guy you see him play in movies like "Saturday Night Fever" and "Get Shorty." Instead, he plays a total wimp of a celebrity, and he pulls it off with flying colors. The underrated Bill Pullman has some funny moments in his supporting role. I was definitely impressed with Michael Moore, who's never had any acting experience before, yet it's not in any way visible in his very funny performance. Also in the supporting cast, we have Tim Roth, Ed O'Neill and Michael Rapaport--all giving first-rate performances. The movie is set in the 1980's, so I liked some of the cool 80's music in the soundtrack. Yet at the same time, Nora Ephron didn't try to capture the 80's atmosphere by having everyone where dorky 80's fashions and big hair and all that other stuff. "Lucky Numbers" is just a well-written film with a lot of great gags, and I would recommend this to anyone who's a fan of dark comedies.

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