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Jinxed! (1982)

R | | Comedy | 22 October 1982 (USA)
Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose with ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay) (as Bert Blessing), David Newman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Bonita Friml
Ken Wahl ... Willie Brodax
Rip Torn ... Harold Benson
Val Avery ... Milt Hawkins
Jack Elam ... Otto
Benson Fong ... Mr. Wing
Jacqueline Scott ... Woman Bettor
F. William Parker ... Art
Ian Wolfe ... Morley
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Tahoe Casino Manager
Cletus Young Cletus Young ... Dealer
Tom Pletts Tom Pletts ... Tahoe First Monitor
Archie Lang Archie Lang ... Tahoe Second Monitor
Kathryn Kates ... Miss Nina
James Nolan ... Father (as Jim Nolan)
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Storyline

Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose with him. Bonita and Willie meet and fall for each other and plot to do away with Harold and collect on his life insurance. Written by Dan Larsen <djlarse_acs>

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America's favorite tootsie is on a roll.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jinxed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,209,311, 24 October 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,869,638
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Director Don Siegel. See more »

Goofs

When Willie starts to carry Harold over his shoulder, Harold's arm is sticking straight out. Before they go through the door, Harold crooks his arm which is surprising since he's dead. See more »

Quotes

Bonita Friml: You're gonna love the fuckin' tropics!
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Connections

Referenced in Bette: In My Life (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

No Jinx
Music and lyrics by Bruce Roberts, Allee Willis and Brock Walsh
Performed by Bette Midler
Produced by Bruce Roberts
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*Ouch* A very misguided film with only one high point -Bette!
10 October 1999 | by NCBenSee all my reviews

As a Bette Midler fan it is difficult for me to dislike anything associated with her, but even with my fan loyalty, it is too much for me to sit through this movie.

The plot involves a triangle between Bette as a show girl and aspiring actress, her husband, a heavy drinking gambler with no steady job, and a young Vegas dealer. The premise lies in the gambler's ability to win every hand dealt to him by the young dealer, providing him with a steady income and causing the young dealer to lose his jobs and move from casino to casino. The young dealer calls the gambler a "jinx" giving us a title.

From this very strained premise (the movie loses any chance of credibility from the start) the plot moves from boring, to awkward, to outrageous, as in "What the heck is going on?" With a lame plot, poor acting by most of the cast, and no characters the audience feels sympathy for, the only thing this film has going for it is Bette's energy. She really pours her heart into her role, as if she feels like she can make this film great by her efforts alone. But even the Divine Mrs. M. can save this film, I am sad to say.


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