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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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One of the four films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2000, along with Eye of the Beholder (1999), Dr. T & the Women (2000) and Lost Souls (2000). 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 »


Russ: [after finding out there are cops in Gig's club] I've always wanted to give an inmate fame. You know, they kill the celebrities first, then they fuck 'em in the butt!
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The Chipmunk Song
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Okay Comedy From The Mind Of Adam Resnick!
23 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Lucky Numbers is not a great film but a good one. I thought John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow and Tim Roth and Ed O'Neill gave fine performances. Lisa Kudrow is the only one of the "Friends" cast who doesn't make totally sucky movies. With the exception of Jennifer Aniston in Office Space and maybe David Schwimmer in Apt Pupil.

I really dug the Midwest American setting, the two bumbling cops, how Travolta's character Russ Richards wallows and loves his local celebrity status and his reserved parking spot at the local Denny's, and the great 80's soundtrack. And this has to be the first flick directed by Nora Ephron that I enjoyed.

Adam Resnick wrote the screenplay for Lucky Numbers and the more recent Death To Smoochy. Both these films are good but flawed dark comedies and deserve to be seen and enjoyed. So don't listen to what others may say and go see these two (flawed) Resnick gems. Ciao!

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