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The Lottery (1996)

Based on Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery."

Director:

Daniel Sackheim

Writers:

Shirley Jackson (short story), Anthony Spinner (television story) | 1 more credit »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Cortese ... Jason Smith
Keri Russell ... Felice Dunbar
Veronica Cartwright ... Maggie Dunbar
Stephen Root ... Graham Dunbar
William Daniels ... Reverend Hutchinson
William Morgan Sheppard ... Mayor Warner (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Joe Chrest ... Deputy Jeff Simmons
Salome Jens ... Faith Lloyd
M. Emmet Walsh ... Chief Davis
Sean Murray ... Henry Watkins
Jon Huffman ... Dr. Wasserman
Jeff Corey ... Albert Smith
Amy Parrish ... Kelly Malone
Alex Van ... Craig Lloyd
David Lenthall David Lenthall ... Postmaster
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Storyline

On his deathbed in the hospital, Jason's father asks that his ashes be spread over the top of his wife's grave. Jason, who came to the city with his father at a young age, remembers little of the town or his mother, but he undertakes the charge. It is an idyllic place, but gradually snips of memory return, until he remembers the significance of the fact that most of the tombstones in the town cemetery, including his mother's, bear the same day and month, one death each year. Caught up in the memory of the lottery he saw as a child, and the one he is trapped in today, escape is difficult and retribution is. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Based on the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. See more »

Goofs

During the lottery drawing, Chief Davis stands next to Jason Smith and Deputy Simmons. After the postmaster puts the two papers for the Dunbars into the box, Davis is shown in closeup with Jason and Simmons nowhere to be seen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Roseanne: Hit the Road Jack (1997) See more »

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The Lottery is a great teaching tool for high school students.
21 November 2001 | by weuloSee all my reviews

This modern day adaptation of the short story by Shirley Daniels is a gripping horror tale that successfully grabs the attention of our modern day teenagers while also making the point Ms. Daniels intended. This story warns us that sometimes traditions can be negative, and we must always stand up for what is truly right. I would love to get a copy of this movie for my own collection.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lottery See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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