5.7/10
5,971
47 user 13 critic

Pure Luck (1991)

Trailer
1:39 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
The daughter of a wealthy businessman has disappeared in Mexico, and all the efforts to find her have been unsuccessful. A psychologist, knowing that the girl has an ultra bad luck, ... See full summary »

Director:

Nadia Tass

Writers:

Francis Veber (film La Chevre), Herschel Weingrod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff
Clifford (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Clifford is a ten-year-old troublemaker, who puts not only his parents through hell, but also his uncle with whom his parents have discarded him to.

Director: Paul Flaherty
Stars: Martin Short, Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen
La chèvre (1981)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Innerspace (1987)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Short ... Eugene Proctor
Danny Glover ... Raymond Campanella
Sheila Kelley ... Valerie Highsmith
Sam Wanamaker ... Highsmith
Scott Wilson ... Frank Grimes
Harry Shearer ... Monosoff
Jorge Russek ... Inspector Segura
Rodrigo Puebla Rodrigo Puebla ... Fernando
John H. Brennan John H. Brennan ... Tyler
Jorge Luke ... Pilot
Abel Woolrich Abel Woolrich ... Prisoner
Patricia Gage ... Secretary
Ariane Pellicer Ariane Pellicer ... Girl at Club
Alexandra Vicencio Alexandra Vicencio ... Nurse
Sharlene Martin Sharlene Martin ... Nurse
Edit

Storyline

The daughter of a wealthy businessman has disappeared in Mexico, and all the efforts to find her have been unsuccessful. A psychologist, knowing that the girl has an ultra bad luck, persuades her father to send to Mexico one of his employees, an accountant with super bad luck, to find her. Perhaps he will be lucky, and his bad luck could help to find the unlucky girl... Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Somewhere on the Mexican Riviera, a beautiful, rich heiress has gone missing. Only one man can find her. Unfortunately, they sent two. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger public See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$17,010,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,641,969
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The newspaper that Raymond was reading at the beginning of the movie reads "Colonist Observer - The voice of Connecticut since 1791." Assuming this means that they are in Connecticut. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Danny Glover is pointing a gun at Frank, it switches inexplicably from a Beretta to a Colt during each camera change. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Proctor: Fish what I wanted
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Good Luck Chuck (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It's "pure luck" this movie is bashed so unfairly!
23 August 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Why does Martin Short always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop? And even more so, why does he get the fuzzy end unrightfully? "Pure Luck" is a funny movie with some very funny moments of genuine comedy. It relies more on subtlety than on loud antics; more on characters than on pure gags. It's pure luck this movie is bashed so unfairly.

Short plays Proctor, a bumbling man who doesn't find bad luck - bad luck finds him. He would be the one the automatic sliding door doesn't open for; he would be the one that chooses a chair with a broken leg; he is the one who would be capable of finding an equally unlucky woman lost in Mexico, whose father is Proctor's boss.

Proctor's boss figures that singe he's such a bad luck charm, his daughter - who is just like Proctor - would be found much quicker if they used another luck-impaired civilian to find her. Of course, Proctor thinks he has been chosen for being a great mystery solver. During the entire film he walks around thinking that he was chosen for the job because he is good. But alas, that is not the case.

Danny Glover is the head honcho looking over Proctor to lead him along - but Proctor thinks he himself is in charge, and that Glover is his co-detective. Some funny scenes come out of this.

A movie like "Pure Luck" is fun not because it is wildly outrageous (i.e. not Jim Carrey humor), not because it has great direction, but simply because it has a more subtle humor reminiscent of an older type of film; its actors are terrific (whatever happened to Danny Glover and, even more so, Martin Short?); the script is funny.

Is it just me or is Martin Short a funny guy? He's got the comedic timing all down-pat, he has comical facial expressions, comical guestures - what can I say, he's a comical guy. People seem to forget his roles in "The Three Amigos" (alongside Steve Martin and Chevy Chase), "The Father of the Bride" (also with Steve Martin), and so on. But I think he's talented.

And Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon") is a great character actor who hasn't appeared in many films over the past few years. Maybe "Predator 2" put him out of the game for a while. But he was in "The Royal Tennenbaums," so . ..?

This is a funny movie more character-driven than anything; it has an element of subtle humor that adds a charm to it. I really don't care if people don't like this movie - it's one of those that everyone I talk to loves, yet the general public seems to have a different opinion. Odd - is it just me, or is this funny stuff?

3.5/5 stars -

John Ulmer


18 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed