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Lucky Numbers (2000)

A television weatherman scams a local lottery.

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Dick Simmons
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Dale
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Det. Chambers
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Jerry Green
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Chief Troutman
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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.

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Comedy | Crime

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

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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$10,014,234 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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This film was based on a true-life scandal involving the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission in 1980. Employees of a local television station in Pittsburgh actually were convicted and served jail time in the "666" drawing. Some of the balls were weighted down by injecting them with paint, ensuring that only 4s and 6s would remain airborne and captured in the lottery machine. See more »

Goofs

When Russ pulls onto the main road with the tractor-trailer full of snowmobiles, the wheels of the trailer can be seen steered out to cause it to "jack knife". The wheels of a trailer are fixed in place and cannot be turned left or right. See more »

Quotes

Russ: As our Jewish friends say: "Enjoy."
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Connections

Features Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make My Dreams
Written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall and John Oates
Performed by Hall & Oates
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group
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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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