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Lucky Numbers (2000)

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A television weatherman scams a local lottery.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writer:

Adam Resnick
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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

One of the four films that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon their release in 2000, along with Eye of the Beholder (1999), Dr. T & the Women (2000) and Lost Souls (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Det. Pat Lakewood arrives at the scene of the jackknifed trailer, Russ throws a crow bar at the Detective's windshield and it breaks. In the next shot as Detective Lakewood pulls away, the windshield is no longer broken. See more »

Quotes

Russ: Oh Crystal, we are under surveillance. Last night I stopped by a convenience store. A cop pulled in behind me, he got out, he followed me in... and then he pretended to get a cup of coffee!
Crystal: Did he pretend to get a doughnut?
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References The $10,000 Pyramid (1973) See more »

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My Way
Written by Paul Anka, Jacques Revaux, Claude François and Gilles Thibaut
Performed by Jimmy Roselli
Courtesy of M&R Records
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I Walked Out of the Theatre -- TWICE!
27 October 2000 | by 49235781See all my reviews

Taking advantage of the Cineplex's "free pop refill", I exited the theatre once to get my self another large vat of cola to continue what up to that point had been an sometimes funny comedy of errors, but when I returned things simply stopped being funny.

Its like watching Adam Sandler's "The Waterboy" -- ooooh, I can talk in a funny accent... listen to me talk in a funny accent! I'm funnnnny in a funnnny accent. It gets tired after a while.

The same goes for John Travolta in this dozer of a flick --- oooh, I'll mug and say "gosh golly gee, how can this be happening to me."

But its not only on the comedy where Lucky Numbers fails to produce results... its also the day and age the film is set in. It seems the production assistant was totally oblivious to any sence of time or continuity in this film... we watch as weatherman Russ' blue screen goes from being blue to black to blue and black... all in one scene... its changing with every shot too -- not like theres time for some "off camera action" to make the change occur. Or how about the use of a modern (post-90's) Denny's sign off the top of the film???? Or how about the scene where John and another character are standing in the middle of the road talking... a semi is coming up behind them, they cross the street, but the semi never does cross the screen!!! These are simply a small handful of technical gaffes which in my mind take the film even lower, since there isn't much of a plot to look at so YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE!

Save your money, this movie's a sleeper, and go do something better with your time --- this film simply doesn't payoff.


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