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Lucky Numbers (2000)

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A television weatherman scams a local lottery.

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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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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$10,042,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,890,222
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Roth and John Travolta's second film together, the first one was Pulp Fiction (1994). See more »

Goofs

When Russ and Gig are leaving the Denny's, a sign for "Big-K" can be clearly seen in the background. The film is set in 1988, but K-Mart did not adopt the Big-K logo until 1996. See more »

Quotes

Crystal: [after having sex with Russ] Boy, that is always such a treat. Oh, with Dick it's like having sex with a sloth.
Russ: Ugh, don't put that image in my head!
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Features Donahue (1967) See more »

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Love Is the Drug
Written by Bryan Ferry and Andy Mackay (as Andrew MacKay)
Performed by Grace Jones
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Not great, but good for a few laughs
28 February 2001 | by Mojo-24See all my reviews

Do not go into this movie expecting sheer hilarity. Do not go into this movie expecting character development. Do not go into this movie expecting realism or a positive portrayal of Harrisburg, PA and its residents. If you can do that, you might be able to enjoy this for what it is- an unrealistic situation comedy with a couple of surprises and laughs. Think "Disorganized Crime" with more humor. Travolta is actually fairly low-key, Kudrow is not as annoying as I expected, and decent cameos/supporting performances by Ed O'Neill, Darryl Mitchell & Bill Pullman (as good cop/bad cop), Michael Moore (!?!), and Tim Roth. Set your expectations low and you should enjoy it.


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