An adaptation of Shirley Jackson's short story of the same name, "The Lottery" tells the story of a shocking annual tradition in a small village.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Summers (as William Benedict)
Joe Haworth ...
Jim Boles ...
Mr. Graves
Donna Bowen
Blanche Bronte ...
Mrs. Delacroix
Alan Brown ...
Mr. Delacroix
Nancy Hale ...
Mrs. Adams
Susan Healy
Gavin Jones
Mavonwe Jones
Dorothy Konrad ...
Janie Dunbar
Richard Kozloski ...
Steve Adams


An adaptation of Shirley Jackson's short story of the same name, "The Lottery" tells the story of a shocking annual tradition in a small village.

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Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's "Short Story Showcase" series, this movie has been ranked by the Academic Film Archive "as one of the two bestselling educational films ever". It has an accompanying ten-minute commentary film, "Discussion of 'The Lottery'" by USC English professor Dr. James Durbin. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) See more »

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One of the best short films ever.
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent adaptation of Shirley Jackson's provocative short story, still has impact. Unsettling depiction of the banality of evil. Like the short story, the film begins casually with the start of the annual ritual lottery and grows more intense as we slowly realize the lottery's purpose. Its main character, Tessie Hutchinson, learns too late the dangers of not speaking up, and of blindly following and supporting tradition. Just ask yourself: What was Tessie Hutchinson doing last June? What goes around comes around. Tradition is symbolized by lucky "Old Man Warner"(77 years in the lottery). Like the short story, the film is shocking because of its matter-of-fact tone: the lottery is depicted as just another mundane yearly event. Spare, powerful, and thought-provoking. When the film ends you'll no doubt be going over it in your mind.

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