Lucky Numbers

Synopsis: Winter, 1988: Harrisburg PA's celebrity weatherman, Russ Richards, is broke: he's borrowed heavily to open a snowmobile dealership, and it's still unseasonably warm. Gig, his seedy pal, advises him to run an insurance scam; when it goes awry, Russ is out another $10,000 and in trouble with Dale, a bat-wielding thug. Gig convinces Russ to rig the state lottery with the help of Crystal, a gold-digging ditz with a heart of tin. They have to find a beard to buy the ticket, and then they have to cash it. Soon, murder and various double-crosses add to Russ's nightmare. A lazy cop zeroes in. Jail is closer than riches. Will Russ have to choose between his money and his life?
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Nora Ephron
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
5.0
Metacritic:
31
Rotten Tomatoes:
22%
R
Year:
2000
105 min
$9,534,013
Website
161 Views


- Do you know who Mace Kornberg is?

- Uh-uh.

Do you have any idea

of the pedigree of this man?

Here's a little primer foryou.

He only handled Gene Rayburn

at the height of The Match Game.

Wow. All right,

so he is kind of a big shot.

Yeah, congratulations.

You just won the Cutlass.

I wouldn't be caught dead driving

a Cutlass. I'll trade it in.

Well, how about door number two?

Old reliable.

[ Giggles ]

Wait.

You're in a very small,

select group of guys.

What is it

that makes you successful...

and all the others knocking

on the doors not so successful?

Well, I'm not so sure. You know,

as i travel around the country,

I see on television guys that would

make good game show hosts.

But i don't tell them.

No. The analogy is a game show host

is the icing on the cake,

but the format is the cake.

- Yeah, format is the cake.

- To me, Dick Clark,

for all the things he does,

is an outstanding game show host.

He stays out of the way.

He lets the format work.

And now, ladies and gentlemen,

it's your host, Russ Richards!

And now, ladies and gentlemen,

it's your host, Russ Richards!

[TV Continues, indistinct]

So, Russ, it sounds like we can keep

those scarves and mittens...

in moth balls a while longer then.

That's what it sounds like, Dan.

And the sleds and snowmobiles

can stay in the garage.

That is correct, Heidi.

I think we all get the point.

[Dan] Thanks, Russ.

We'll check in with you later.

- [ Answering Machine Beeps ]

- Hello. You have one message.

[ Beep ]

[ Man ] Uh, yes.

This message is for Rob Richards.

This is Sandy from

the Gabler-Kornberg Agency.

I'm sorry no one got back to you,

but we were away on a retreat.

- Apology accepted, Sandy.

- I wanted to let you know...

that Mr. Kornberg is dead.

He passed away

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Adam Resnick

Adam Resnick is an American comedy writer from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his work writing for Late Night with David Letterman. Additionally, Resnick co-created and wrote for Get A Life with Chris Elliott. more…

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