Watch Lucky Numbers
- 1 hr 45 min
Sometimes, the facade that others put up is so good that you don't notice their bad luck. Russ Richards is a celebrity weatherman in Harrisburg, PA with a beautiful model girlfriend and his own snowmobile dealership. He has his own parking spot at work, notoriety throughout town and his own bench in Denny's. Denny's has even named an omelet after him. The problem is, the winter has been unseasonably warm and his dealership is going bankrupt. At this point, he starts listening to his shady, strip club owning friend, Gig. "Lucky Numbers" was produced and directed by BAFTA award winning Nora Ephron. The screenplay was written by Emmy winning Adam Resnick. This dark comedy was distributed by Paramount Pictures. The movie is based on a real life scandal that occurred in Pittsburgh. In 1980, six employees at a television studio were convicted of the Triple Six Fix. All of the balls, except the fours and sixes, were weighted with white latex paint to make sure the numbers could be predicted. All were caught and most of the money was gotten back. A 666 in the Pennsylvania Lottery is now referred to as a Nick Perry, after the mastermind of the scandal. Russ, played by John Travolta, is convinced by his friend Gig, played by Tim Roth, to try an insurance scam. This ends up failing and leaves Russ in debt to baseball bat wielding Dale, played by Michael Rapport. Russ also attempts to borrow the money from station manager Dick Simmons, played by Ed O'Niell, who turns him down. With all other options closed, Gig suggests they convince Russ' girlfriend Crystal, played by Lisa Kudrow, to rig the lottery. Though it works, mass chaos ensues and people have to be murdered to keep the secret. Two lazy detectives, played by Bill Pullman and Daryl Mitchell, must get to the bottom of it all.