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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


[Woman] One, two.

One, two, three, four!

I've been out of the woods

for six days and nights now

And I'm a little hard-wired

but I'm feeling allright now

l got some money in my pocket

and l won't need a ride, yeah

Got a big-jetted car

and a baby by my side, yeah

Well, I'm a little hard-wired

but I'm feeling okay

And I got a little lost

out along the way

But I'm just around the corner

to the light of day


I'm just around the corner

to the light of day, yeah

I'm driving 500 miles

got 500 to go, yeah

I've got rock'n'roll music

on my radio

Look, Debbie!

- Oh, my God, hi!

- How are you?

- We watch your show all the time.

- Good to see you.

Thank you. Thank you.

All right. You have a good day.

- [ All Screaming ]

- Bye!

[Man] They say the only luck

is the luck you make.

In the winter of 88,

i was the luckiest man alive.

I had it all - fame, fortune

and my own parking space...

at Harrisburg's trendiest bistro.

I would have done anything

to keep it all.

And, unfortunately, i did.

- Jack, how are ya?

- Good morning, Mr. Richards.

- Did you get a haircut?

- Oh, yes.

Looks good. Don't get too

good-looking. I'll be out of a job.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, how about

this winter weather, eh?

Farmer's Almanac

sure didn't get it right this year.

"Caterpillar in June,

cold winter soon," they said.

Amateurs, Jack. Hillbilly folklore,

that's all it is.

You should write your own almanac,

Mr. Richards.

Something people could believe in.

Maybe one day I will, Jack.

Maybe one day I will.

- Enjoy your breakfast.

- Good morning.

- Wendy, how are you?

-Just fine.

- Yeah. How's the cold?

- Oh, it's just allergies, I think.


Oh, not allergic to me, are you?

No. [ Laughs ]

I don't think so.

- You're so bad.

- Guilty as charged.

I'll be right back

with your cantaloupe and egg whites.

- Okay. You pick me a ripe one.

- Excuse me, Mr. Richards.

- Sorry, but can I get a picture?

-Well, sure.

It's my son's birthday,

and he saw you walk in.

- What's your name, skipper?

- Sam.

Sam. Well, you're a big fella,


How old are you today?


[ Chuckles ]

I'm five.

Five? Well, how's the wife?

Allright. Happy birth day.

- Thanks for coming by. All right.

- Thank you.

- Oh, you gotta love it.

- Wow.

You're Russ Richards, aren't you?

Last time I checked. Well, hello!

Hi. Here.

Let meguess.

Mmm. It's a resume of some sort,

and you're looking for a job

in broadcasting.

Yeah, just read it. A**hole.

You are Mr. Lucky today.

I found you the ripest melon

in Harrisburg.

- Christmas don't be late

- F***!

[ Announcer ] Live from Harrisburg

and News Center Six.

Covering Harrisburg, York,

Lancaster and Lebanon,

it's Newsat Five with

Dan Shuff, Heidi Zimmer...

and Russ Richards with the weather.

This is Newsat Five.

[ Man ] Good evening.

A teacher is behind bars tonight...

for allegedly locking

an unruly student in a broom closet.

That story coming up.

But first, let's check in

with the weather center...

to see if these beautiful

temperatures will continue.

- Russ?

- Yes, it's the middle of December,

and we still have more

Now don't panic, folks.

You're not in the twilight zone.

[ Humming Theme

from Twilight Zone ]

Now, on the downside,

if the weather gets any nicer,

my Aunt Mildred could move back

from Fort Lauderdale.

Just kidding. A wonderful woman.

Anyhoo, I'll be back with

a complete forecast a little later.

Take it, Dan.

Thanks, Russ.

We'll check in with you later.

[Man] And now the fourth.

[Woman] Eleven.


And the fifth number, please.

- Hi, Russ.

- [Woman] Thirty.

Hey, Dottie. How are you?

- Still struggling with the diet.

- Oh, yeah?

Don't get too thin.

It's not good for you.


[ Man ] And there you have it.


Pennsylvania Lottery number: 19, 47,

If you have it, come and get it.

- If not, better luck next time.

- Back to you, Dan.

- We gonna talk about this?

- Nothing to talk about, Cochise.

I told you no more loans.

Penn Fed's down the street.

This is not...

Not a loan. An advance. Stop acting

like it's coming out of your pocket.

If you didn't piss your money away,

you wouldn't need an advance.

Now, what is it this week--

racquet ball courts? Pee wee golf?

Snowmobiles. You know it.

I told you that.

Jesus Christ.

It's exhausting with you.

Snowmobiles. How's business?

When this heat wave ends,

I'm golden.

- You're the weatherman. End it.

- [Groans]

- Where the hellishe?

- CrystaI!

How many times do I have to

tell those guys about the cables?

I almost broke my f***ing neck

on live television!


Oh, sorry. I didn't realize you were

in the middle of a meeting.

No, it's okay.

It's okay. Calm down.

- Calm down.

- You know...

- Come with me.

- I have to leave, of course.

I talked to them about this thing.

It's never gonna happen again.

All right? Just relax.

It's not gonna happen again.

- Hi, boss.

- Hello. How you doing, Bobby?

I can't do the Olive Garden tonight.

- [ Scoffs ]

- My wife invited a few people over.

- I've gotta eat at home.

- That's just great, Dick.

No, you know what?

I am tired of this bullshit.

Hey, hey, hey.

Easy. Come on.

Remember, we got

that affiliates thing coming up.

- Uh-huh.

- Six days in Hawaii.

- Mm-hmm.

- Eating like pigs.

Christ, you got some body on you.

[ Giggles ]

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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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