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Jackpot (2001)

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Sunny Holiday, an aspiring singing star, abandons his wife and young baby to set off on a nine-month tour of bleak western towns. He takes off with his road manager in a pink Chrysler in ... See full summary »

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Michael Polish
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Gries ... Sunny Holiday / Glen Allen Johnson
Daryl Hannah ... Bobbi
Garrett Morris ... Lester Irving
Patrick Bauchau ... Santa Claus / Voice of Sevon
Adam Baldwin ... Mel James
Rosie O'Grady Rosie O'Grady ... Sweet Dreams
Larry W. Hunter ... Mini Mart Clerk
Peggy Lipton ... Janice
Suzanne Krull ... Sneezy Waitress
Dig Wayne ... Never My Love
Mac Davis ... Sammy Bones
Larry Pennell ... Truck Driver
Toni Oswald Toni Oswald ... Truck Stop Waitress
Crystal Bernard ... Cheryl
Tia Matza ... Vicky
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Storyline

Sunny Holiday, an aspiring singing star, abandons his wife and young baby to set off on a nine-month tour of bleak western towns. He takes off with his road manager in a pink Chrysler in search of their own version of the American Dream: a country loving audience. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$480,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,968, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$806, 29 June 2014
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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In one of the karaoke bar scenes, when Garrett Morris' character is bargaining with the guy to trade songs, he suggests that the guy sing "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" by Mac Davis. The man he is speaking to is, you guessed it, Mac Davis. See more »

Quotes

Sunny Holiday: You just promise me one thing, that when she sees my name up on that marquee, you tell her who her daddy is, okay?
Bobbi: You disappear on her again, the only thing she's gonna see her daddy's name on is a headstone.
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Follows Twin Falls Idaho (1999) See more »

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Prelude in C
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doesn't live up to expectations
3 February 2003 | by rje58See all my reviews

I probably expected too much from Jackpot, since it was the winner of the 2002 IFP/West Indie Spirit Award for "Best Feature under $500,000 Budget". What I want to know, is how can you cast Jon Gries, Garrett Morris, Darryl Hannah, Adam Baldwin, Peggy Lipton, Mac Davis and Anthony Edwards in an indie film and still come out with a budget under $500,000? I thought I read somewhere that Edwards made approximately that much from one episode on "ER"?

There are several good acting performances in Jackpot, but nothing that jumped out at me as being something really noteworthy. A lot of publicity surrounded the fact that this film was shot in high-definition digital format and transferred to 35mm for theatrical release. The story starts out like it's going to be fairly interesting, then degenerates into something murky and confused. What is the point? Who is the protagonist? Who are we supposed to care about here?

I won't give a plot summary rehash here. Suffice it to say that the pink Cadillac is almost one of the high points and the pretentious monologue that provides a narrative soundover in places in this film was absolutely unappealing and unenlightening. Good performances by the name talent (who apparently appeared for very little financial compensation, if we are to believe the budget numbers) as well as good cinematography by M. David Mullen saved this film from the disaster that it might have been, if the Polish brothers had to make it for under $500,000 without benefit of all the name acting talent and Mullen's visual artistry. Apparently the overall response to the film was closer to mine than to the IFP voters: the film grossed less than $50,000 in nine weeks of very limited theatrical release.


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