It Could Happen to You

Synopsis: Charlie and Muriel Lang have led simple lives - for most of their existance. That's until they win $4 million on the lottery! There is a problem, however. Prior to winning the lottery, Charlie had eaten at a cafe and hadn't been able to tip the waitress. He had promised her, jokingly, that if he won the lottery he'd give her half of it. This is why his wife, Muriel decides to leave him. She doesn't want the waitress to get a cent of their money. Infact she wants all $4 million for herself!
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Andrew Bergman
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
64
Rotten Tomatoes:
71%
PG
Year:
1994
101 min
147 Views

Once upon a time in New York,

there was a cop named Charlie.

He was a very decent guy,

as was his partner, Bo.

He was a good listener.

He loved kids.

He had patience

and common sense.

He was resourceful.

Okay people, let's go.

Step lively now, come on.

He was just a good cop.

Charlie lived happily in Queens,

where he was born and grew up.

- Yo, Charlie!

- Jesu!

- Kill anybody today?

- Didn't even wound anybody.

- You won't see your wife?

- I mustn't surprise her at work.

Charlie was married to Muriel.

She hated Queens.

If he was a detective,

he'd have decent clothes.

- But he's got to wear the uniform.

- I feel for you. You have ambition.

I never pushed him enough.

If he was on the take,

I'd say, "He has initiative!"

My sister was married to a cop.

It's a no-win situation.

Either they're honest and broke,

or crooks that never come home.

What did she do?

She left him and married an

electrician. That's real money.

I'm running out of patience.

I'm a person who needs money.

And then there's Yvonne, a waitress,

who gets some terrible news.

Miss Biasi, it says here that you

owe $12,000 on your MasterCard.

Those charges were incurred by my

ex-husband, after I threw him out.

The bank is not aware

of your divorce.

We're not divorced yet, but I told

him to tear up the credit cards.

If you're not divorced yet, you're

liable for your husband's debts.

I'm divorced in my heart.

That's what counts.

Legally, that's not what counts.

Do you know how much it costs?

Have you ever been divorced?

Probably not. Probably you've

had good luck your entire life.

Which is the opposite of me.

If the MasterCard is in your name,

it's your responsibility.

Listen, please. I came to New York

five years ago, to be an actress.

I was in "Our Town". I played Emily.

People cried buckets.

- I'm sure they were.

- Will there be anything else?

So I come to New York,

and I meet Eddie.

Talk about the worst luck of all!

He swept me off my feet.

He bought me flowers,

he took me to real restaurants.

With linen, wine and good lighting,

you know?

It was perfect, except he turned out

to be a pathological liar.

I believed every word he said,

because I had faith in people.

So, in short...

What are my options here?

Charlie, Muriel and Yvonne

lived in a city -

- where people pray

for miracles every day.

Like winning

the $64-million lottery.

My name is Angel. This story...

Well, it's pretty much all true.

I had a dream last night. I got

three cherries on a slot machine, -

I had a dream last night. I got

three cherries on a slot machine, -

- but they were the face of

my dead father. It's a sign.

- But you hated your father.

- No matter. A sign is a sign.

- You think I'm nuts, but we'll win.

- I didn't say you were nuts.

I said the odds of winning the

lottery are not overwhelming.

One bedroom in Queens

is not my idea of living.

One bedroom is fine. If we had kids,

it would be another story.

- We can't afford to have kids.

- Of course we can!

Cops have kids!

Firemen have kids...

- That's why we have public schools.

- Just get the ticket!

She's got to get real. You got to

tell her, "I'm out here every day, -

- getting paid, bringing it home."

She's got to listen to you.

- You can't be serious!

- It takes two minutes.

I'm starving, man!

This is police business, step aside.

It'll take two minutes...

This will take forever. And

Burger King's another five blocks.

- It's only across the street.

- What, that place? Oh, no...

- Where the hell were you?

- I told you. A personal matter.

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Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson (born c. 1954 in California) is an American actress-turned-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. She has written and directed one feature film, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) and wrote the script for the Nicolas Cage film It Could Happen to You (1994). She won an Emmy Award for writing the screenplay for the miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014). more…

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