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Seven Times Lucky (2004)

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An aging con-man and a beautiful, ambitious student cross paths in a scam that promises to make them both rich.

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Christmas on the Canadian prairie: Harlan, a small-time grifter, plans a big con with his moll Fiona, scraggly and half his age. Expensive watches "on loan" from a jeweler, cash borrowed at a high vig from a tribal fund manager, and an old violin are props in the con; a pawnbroker with a safe full of money and various well-armed or well-protected thugs get their ores in as well. Problems, crosses, and double-crosses mount: Harlan finds himself on the stick's short end as the night progresses. Whose money will end up where? And for whom will this be a silent night? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You only con the ones you love.

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17 January 2004 (USA)  »

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7 golpes de suerte  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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According to Babs Chula, who was speaking after the film's premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, "Seven Times Lucky" is the name of the winning horse in the race that Harlan bets on. See more »

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complicated twisty story
30 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Harlan Junior (Kevin Pollak) loses big on the horses. He runs petty cons with Fiona (Liane Balaban). Their cohort Sonny (Jonas Chernick) owes Mr. Five Wounds $100k and he needs to repay it in 2 days on Christmas Eve. Sonny comes to Harlan with a scheme to buy watches for $150k. Harlan's fence Eddie won't lend him the money so he goes to Mr. Five Wounds.

This Canadian production tries to be a hard-boiled noir crime drama but it's not quite stylish enough. Then there is complicated twisty story of backstabbing double-crosses. At a certain point, the movie loses cohesion and falls apart. Pollak and Balaban are good but they can't maintain any intensity.


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