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Lucky Numbers (2000)

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A television weatherman scams a local lottery.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writer:

Adam Resnick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Russ Richards
Lisa Kudrow ... Crystal
Tim Roth ... Gig
Ed O'Neill ... Dick Simmons
Michael Rapaport ... Dale
Daryl Mitchell ... Det. Chambers
Bill Pullman ... Det. Pat Lakewood
Richard Schiff ... Jerry Green
Michael Moore ... Walter
Sam McMurray ... Chief Troutman
Michael Weston ... Larry
Maria Bamford ... Wendy the Waitress
Caroline Aaron ... Nurse Sharpling
John F. O'Donohue ... Bobby (as John F. O'Donahue)
Colin Mochrie ... Jack
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Winter 1988. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is Russ Richard's oyster, there where he is the popular weatherman for WTPA Channel 6 News. That popularity allows him many perks in the city, especially at his local Denny's. Things start to go off the rails for him as this winter is unseasonably warm and not white, meaning that no one is buying from his snowmobile dealership, and none of his usual sources are willing to advance him any money to tide him over this rough business patch. In turning to Gig, a slightly shady acquaintance who operates a strip club and bar, Russ decides to turn to illegal activities to get the money he needs. After one failed attempt at that criminal life which has its own negative consequences, Russ instead decides on a lottery scam, his partners in crime being Gig, and Crystal Latroy, Russ' colleague at WTPA as the Pennsylvania Lucky Six Lottery girl - the lottery numbers which are drawn live on air during WTPA's supper hour news - and his sometime lover. Crystal is ... Written by Huggo

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When they put their heads together... it's a no brainer.

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Numbers See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,536,625, 29 October 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,014,234, 17 December 2000
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was based on a true-life scandal involving the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission in 1980. Employees of a local television station in Pittsburgh actually were convicted and served jail time in the "666" drawing. Some of the balls were weighted down by injecting them with paint, ensuring that only 4s and 6s would remain airborne and captured in the lottery machine. See more »

Goofs

Dale is shot in front of the house. When the police come later he is seen being carried out of the inside of the house in a body bag. See more »

Quotes

Dale: [Dale's first line, right before breaking into Russ's store] Alright, let's do this cocksucker!
Dale: [later, after being caught by the police, to policeman] Let me just ask you one question Your Honor, where's my bat?
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Features Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Wave
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
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It's not terrible
27 October 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Nora Ephron's Lucky Numbers has it's moments, but in the long run it is a near miss. The plot has a successfull weatherman and snowmotor businessman played by John Travolta in a somewhat redeemable performance (after Battlefield Earth, even though he wasn't bad in that). But, he starts to get in debt, and his snowmotor business is loosing because of a warm winter. So, he and his girl (Lisa Kudrow is wickedly cruel yet sometimes funny) get the idea to rig the lottery, but things go wrong. The film is all over the map, with too many characters and a lot of plot going into something that doesn't need it, and I'm talking about a dark comedy here, so know where I'm coming from. 2 very funny scenes though almost make up the utter lulls in the film: a scene where Travolta has a blank expression on his face while trying to report the weather and hearing about a murder linked to him; and the 2 exceptional scenes with Michael Moore (of Roger & Me fame) as Kudrow's pathetic, asthmatic cousin. Now if only these scenes were put in a slightly better film. C+


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