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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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Larry
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Jack
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Storyline

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 »

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Dale is shot in front of the house. When the police come later he is seen being carried out of the inside of the house in a body bag. See more »

Quotes

Russ: You know, you better start taking notes, because when me and Gig start hashing it out there's going to be a lot of gold flying around and I don't want to miss any of it.
Crystal: [after Russ's lame bomb scare idea] Right, then the firemen will come and the policemen will come, so kind of a lame idea, you know.
Russ: Alright, jeez, it's just an idea, it's a work in progress for God's sake. Even a painter's got to take the brushes and clean them.
Crystal: Whatever that means.
Russ: Okay! Do you have any better ideas, Ms. ...
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Bad Bad Sign
Written by Dan Hartman (as Daniel E. Hartman)
Performed by Joe Cocker
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Not great, but good for a few laughs
28 February 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Do not go into this movie expecting sheer hilarity. Do not go into this movie expecting character development. Do not go into this movie expecting realism or a positive portrayal of Harrisburg, PA and its residents. If you can do that, you might be able to enjoy this for what it is- an unrealistic situation comedy with a couple of surprises and laughs. Think "Disorganized Crime" with more humor. Travolta is actually fairly low-key, Kudrow is not as annoying as I expected, and decent cameos/supporting performances by Ed O'Neill, Darryl Mitchell & Bill Pullman (as good cop/bad cop), Michael Moore (!?!), and Tim Roth. Set your expectations low and you should enjoy it.


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