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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lotaria See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Mayor Warner calls the Marcus family, a closeup is shown of an arm in a blue-and-white seersucker jacket drawing from the box. Two names later, the head of the Oxley family is also wearing a blue-and-white seersucker jacket. See more »

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

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Doesn't do the short story by Shirley Jackson justice.
2 February 2004 | by tsmithjrSee all my reviews

This current day (90ish) version of "The Lottery" doesn't do the original (1948) short story by Shirley Jackson justice. However it is an interesting modernized version of the short story, with a modern day twist. For anyone who hasn't read "The Lottery" it's a great short story. It starts off as a pleasant story which could have taken place in any century. Once she has you hooked, the story takes an unexpected turn. If you like Edgar Allan Poe, you'll really enjoy Shirley Jackson's original story "The Lottery". Originally published in the June 28, 1948 issue of the New Yorker.


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