Lucky Number Slevin

Synopsis: In an airport waiting room, a man in a wheelchair tells a stranger a story about a fixed horse race in 1979 that resulted in a family's deaths. In Manhattan, two bookies and the son of a Mob boss die. A young man just out of the shower answers the door to a neighbor woman and explains that he's visiting, has had a bad week, including being mugged, and doesn't know where his pal, who lives there, is. The neighbor is chatty; she's a coroner. Two thugs arrive and, believing the visitor to be the guy who lives there, take him to see the boss with the dead son, who tells him to kill the son of his Mob rival. Mistaken identity? What connects the threads? Cops are watching.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Paul McGuigan
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
110 min

He's clean.


Why are you here? Hm?

There was a time

You misunderstood.

I wasn't asking for the time

I was just saying "There was a time."

There was a time?

Take brown sugar backthere for example.

She's pretty f***ing foxy right?

She's 70.

If she's a day.

But there was a time.

I don't follow.

- The name's Smith. I'm from out of town.

Listen Mr Smith...

The reason I'm in town because of a Kansas City Shuffle.

What's a Kansas City Shuffle?

Kansas City Shuffle is

when everybody looks right and you go left.

Never heard of it.

- Hm.

It's not something people hear about.

Falls on deaf ears mostly.

But this particular one's

been over 20 years in the making.

No small matter.

Requires a lot of planning.

It involves a lot of people.

People conneccted only

by the slightest of events.

Like whispers in the night... that place that never forgets

even when those people do.

It all starts with a horse.

It's what they called back then

a drugstore handicap

A guy wants what the fella calls a sure thing

so he schemes to make it so

He calls in the doc a nobbler from Antwerp

known for his savvy but not for his discretion

Oh f*** me baby f*** me baby

The same could be said

for Doc's jelly on the side - GIoria

Almost there almost there.

Hey which horse did you say

it was again baby?

Which brings us to Abe because GIoria

was too much jelly for one outfit

Hey baby is your wife around?

What do you want?

-Who is it Abe?

Ahit's Seymour

Sure tell that b*tch to open her eyes

maybe then she'd see more

Seymour says hello.

What are you doing calling me here?

Christmas came early this year baby.

I got a present for you.

Remember my friend Doc?.

Now Abe wasn't a nosy fella

but he had a nose

And right below his nose was his mouth

Do you remember GIoria the hooker?

Well Gloria's got this friend Doc

who's got a line on a doped-up racehorse.

The fix is in at Aqueduct

Seventh horse. Tenth race.

- Doped up?

And then there was this joker who had ears

Let's get back

who Iooked Iike somebody's uncle

Max who's your favourite uncle?

OK who's your second favourite uncle?

Just pay attention.

I got something here.

And before you know it

folks are getting a big dose of the gimmies

and men start talking their hats off.

And that Manischewitz Grapevine Wine spills in

your ear and tells you you got a sure thing

and what's worse is you start to believe it

At Ieast that's how it went with old Max

who wasn't so much old as he was tired

Tired of being a dog without a day

Tired of waking up and finding

that his dreams were only dreams

We're leaving.

But mostly

Max was tired of not having a front Iawn

Make sure he doesn't come home late.

I will.

- I was talking to your son.

You thinkthat's funny do you?

Uh-huh. Bye Mom.

Y eah. Bye Mom!

Love you.

They're off.

All right if your ma asks

where were we today?

Shea Stadium.

- To see?

Mets v Phillies.

- Good man. Give me the post-game.

Stallard gave up six runs in the first five innings.

Ed Kranepool hit a line drive down right field

but it hit the wall fouled by a foot.

Gonder hit a groundball

between first and second

but he's so slow second baseman

Did you get all that from the radio?


You're good.

OK I'll be right back.

No no no. You've got to stay in the car.


Because they don't let little boys inside the track.

Saul's dad takes him to the track.

Well Saul's dad is a degenerate gambler.

And if you're the son of a degenerate gambler

they let you in.

It's economically viable.

Are you going to be a degenerate gambler?

Hey. You know better than that.

Your old man's smart.

He only plays a sure thing.


This money's gonna get you through Harvard.

And you're gonna be a docctor.

But until then...

you've got to stay in the car.


Next weekend you and me go to a ballgame.


- OK.

I love you kid.

I love you too Dad.

Wait watch. Watch watch watch.

I almost forgot. 15 minutes.

Start counting.

The next race at the Aqueduct is the tenth race

Come on come on.

the final turn and Number Seven has moved

into fifth position on the outside

Number Two has the lead

Come on.

Number One is against the rail

And Number Seven is beginning

to pick up the pace on the outside


Yes come on baby come on!

Let's go!

to challenge goes clear

and Number Seven takes the Iead!

It's Number Seven who now has the lead

It's strolling clear



Number Seven has fallen!

Number One comes home

and takes the Iead to win it

Max woke up to find his dreams

had just been the stuff. of pipes

I want to place a bet.

- How much?

OOh you must feel real lucky.

I'll take your bet

And lay it off.

I've got a bookie's bookie.

I'll give you 2-1 on the horse.

Uh-uh. The racing form says 9-1.

So you go to a ticket vendor

with your 20 grand in hand

and you get 9-1 if the spread sticks.

You come in here with your pockets turned out

you get 2-1.

The juice is ten.

That means if you lose you're all in for 22 grand.

Can you pay these monies? Huh? Can you?


Just to be clear

if you Iose're gonna owe a lot of money

to the kind of men

you do not want to owe

the smallest amount of money to.





Hey buddy. You got a light?

No. Henry!

In that case how about the 20 Gs

What have you done with my son?

- He's on his way home. Just like you.

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Jason Smilovic

Jason Smilovic is an American writer and executive producer of Croatian descent, as well as the creator of the television series Kidnapped, My Own Worst Enemy, and Karen Sisco. Smilovic was most recently an executive producer on My Own Worst Enemy. He also wrote the film Lucky Number Slevin. Smilovic graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in political theory and philosophy. He has worked frequently with director-producer Michael Dinner. more…

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