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Finder's Fee (2001)

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A man finds a wallet containing a winning lottery ticket worth $6 million.

Director:

Jeff Probst

Writers:

Jeff Probst (story), Jim Gulian (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Erik Palladino ... Tepper
Ryan Reynolds ... Quigley
Dash Mihok ... Bolan
Carly Pope ... Carla
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Darmsetter
Matthew Lillard ... Fishman
James Earl Jones ... Avery Phillips
Robert Forster ... Officer Campbell
Colleen Wheeler ... Female Cop
Louis Chirillo ... Male Cop
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... The Real Avery
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Storyline

Living in Greenwich Village, Tepper is a pretty stand-up kind of guy. As a stand-up guy, he helps his elderly neighbor, Mrs. Darmsetter, whenever he can. He also keeps the vow with his poker playing friends Fish, Bolan and Quigley that they will not check the winning numbers against the Big 3 Lotto tickets they ante in their "last man standing" five card draw poker games, "the last man standing" taking the entire pot of tickets. Being a stand-up guy is one of the reasons why his girlfriend Carla loves him. On the night that he plans to propose to Carla, but not before the regular poker night at his apartment, he finds a wallet on the street with no money and little identification in it, let alone no photo ID, but he still goes to whatever measures he can to locate the wallet's owner, who, according to the sole piece of ID, is a fireman named Avery Phillips. Just before his friends and Avery arrive at his apartment, Tepper also finds in the wallet a Big 3 Lotto ticket, a $6 million ... Written by Huggo

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The numbers don't lie, but the players just might.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Numbers - Alles auf eine Karte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Jeff Probst (I)' had only 17 days to shoot the film because he had to return to his commitment as host of Survivor (2000). See more »

Goofs

Story is set in United States (actually filmed in Canada) but date on document found in wallet is written in numeric day/month/year style instead of month/day/year style actually used in US. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tepper: [knocking on her door] Mrs. Darmsetter? Hey... You left your door open again.
Mrs. Darmsetter: Heaven sake, I wonder how did that happen.
Tepper: Yes well, how is everything?
Mrs. Darmsetter: Well, I'm worried about my mail. I think someone's stealing it. Because I haven't received any letters from my kids in a long time, and they always write.
Tepper: Well, are they taking all your mail or just the letters?
Mrs. Darmsetter: Just the letters. You'd think they'd take everything else, wouldn't you? They don't.
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Connections

References Wheel of Fortune (1981) See more »

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Step to the Street
Written by Andrew Winn
Performed by Agents of Good Roots (as The Agents of Good Roots)
© Andrew Winn (ASCAP)
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One Location, yet It Stays Fresh!
4 January 2008 | by ardentayuSee all my reviews

Despite the fact that this movie takes place in one location, it does not drag or get boring - that in and of itself is a HUGE accomplishment! I thought the story was great how it put the main character into a sticky situation. All the characters had distinct personalities, which kept their conversations entertaining. The psychological suspense was strong. It's a movie wrought with tension. I applaud an indie filmmaker (Jeff Probst) for pulling off a good movie on a budget that is tiny compared to the studio budgets.

If you liked it, watch the director's commentary. Jeff Probst is very open about the process and how this film came into fruition (before he got his Survivor gig, by the way).

If you are looking for an indie film with some humor, psychological suspense, and good acting, check out this film.


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