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It Could Happen to You (1994)

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A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director:

Andrew Bergman

Writer:

Jane Anderson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Charlie Lang
Bridget Fonda ... Yvonne Biasi
Rosie Perez ... Muriel Lang
Wendell Pierce ... Bo Williams
Isaac Hayes ... Angel Dupree
Víctor Rojas ... Jesu
Seymour Cassel ... Jack Gross
Stanley Tucci ... Eddie Biasi
J.E. Freeman ... Sal Bontempo
Red Buttons ... Walter Zakuto
Richard Jenkins ... C. Vernon Hale
Robert Dorfman Robert Dorfman ... Walter
Charles Busch ... Timothy
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Judge
Ginny Yang Ginny Yang ... Mrs. Sun
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Storyline

Charlie and Muriel Lang have led simple lives for most of their existence. That's until they win $4 million on the lottery. There is a problem, however. Prior to winning the lottery, Charlie had eaten at a café and hadn't been able to tip the waitress. He had promised her, jokingly, that if he won the lottery he'd give her half of it. This is why his wife, Muriel, decides to leave him. She doesn't want the waitress to get a cent of their money. In fact, she wants all $4 million for herself. Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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Taglines:

A cop. A waitress. A lottery ticket. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and a scene of cop action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,112,822, 31 July 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,800,323
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Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Yvonne tells Officer Lang in the diner that her luck is so bad that she had a puppy die of"parvo," but she doesn't even know what that is. Parvo is a virus that afflicts puppies, and is marked by severe intestinal and heart problems. It is readily preventable by making sure puppies get all their vaccines, although Yvonne probably lacked the money to pay for them. See more »

Goofs

The subhead of the "Lottery Cop Hits Wife" front page that is released during the divorce trial reads "Muriel Tell's All," which obviously contains an erroneous apostrophe. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Lang: Muriel was the first girl I ever...
[Implying she was the first person he ever had sex with]
Yvonne Biasi: Really?
Charlie Lang: Yeah.
Yvonne Biasi: [sincerely] That's sweet.
Charlie Lang: I guess. So we went down to the marriage license bureau, and I remember there was this other couple there. They were orthodox Jews. It was an arranged marriage. They weren't allowed to see each other. They were surrounded by their families, they couldn't get a glimpse of each other. I couldn't help but think, "they don't even know they're attached to each other, ...
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Crazy Credits

This film was inspired by the generosity of detective Robert Cunningham (ret.) and his wife, Gina. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham have been happily married for 31 years. The waitress and her husband have been happily married for 37 years. See more »

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Features Designing Women (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingdown, Swingtown
Written and Performed by Wynton Marsalis
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OK … you can finally drop your ugly Hollywood 'baggage' right here.
27 November 2005 | by Missileman1See all my reviews

If you haven't seen the film, just grab a Pepsi out of the 'fridge, pop up some Jolly Time with a little real butter (the kind that lets you hear your arteries harden – you'll live), and take a good look at Andy Bergman and Jane Anderson's little masterpiece. You'll find the Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda you've always been looking for and never thought you'd see – together. Way beyond that, but amazingly from the get-go – and right in front of your very eyes – you'll begin to discover a good part of your heart in the process. You know, that part that guys don't like to talk about and women always do? This cynical man certainly did…

'Feel good' movie? – you better believe it. But don't shy away or you'll miss being human. All the 'good stuff' you ever imagined yet knew ahead-of-time is in this little caper: great plot, great story line, great acting – great film. And just the right amount of the right musical score. The trick is (and believe me, it's no trick at all) to put yourself in their shoes: as others have said, what would 'you' do with 2 million dollars that fell into your lap? You'll be thinking so hard you can miss the magic. Don't let that happen …

Years ago, as my flight instructor used to say after GUMP (gear, undercarriage, mixture, prop) and right before landing, '…just fly the plane, Bob.'

Just watch the movie. Your own three-point landing will work itself out – and, your arteries will soften…

8/10


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