The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate ... See full summary »
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
The call letters for the station: WTPA were actual call letters for the actual ABC affiliate in Harrisburg WHTM TV from 1953-1980. See more »
When Russ and Gig are leaving the Denny's, a sign for "Big-K" can be clearly seen in the background. The film is set in 1988, but K-Mart did not adopt the Big-K logo until 1996. See more »
Unfortunately Russell we have a new wrinkle in the situation.
Oh really? What's the wrinkle?
Basically I had to play pinata with Jerry the bookie's skull. See, that sort of ups the invoice a little.
Is he okay?
No, he's dead.
Oh! Oh, God!
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I've just watched it again and I only reconfirmed that this gem deserves a place at the top of your lists. This is class. A light, entertaining, very well shot film. And what a cast. This is the second best cast I've ever seen in any movie after Glengarry Glen Ross! I mean Ed O'Neill! Tim Roth! Michael Moore! How can you fail a comedy starring these guys? And on top of that John Travolta, Bill Pullman and Lisa Kudrow deliver hilarious performances and prove how great actors they are. The scenario is witty but this is mainly an actors' movie. Moreover, it's obvious they had great fun making this. If I had to choose the best part it would be the grimaces of Bill Pullman. Respect to the man for making me fall out of the couch laughing! Unbelievable that such a fine movie has an overall rating of 5, while complete flops get a 7 or an 8. Makes me wonder of the standards of voters here. What did you want guys? More gratuitous sex and gore? More tasteless jokes? Well you'd better reconsider your priorities because this IS a good movie.
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