Lucky You

Synopsis: In Las Vegas, Huck Cheever is a poker player, brilliant but also prone to let emotion take over. It's the week of the poker world series, and Huck must come up with the $10,000 entry fee, which he wins, loses, borrows, and loses - and even steals part of from Billie Offer, an earnest young woman who's new in town and who catches Huck's eye. By the time the tournament starts, Huck owes everyone. Complicating things is the arrival of Huck's father, whom Huck detests for having left his mother, a champion player in town to win. Can Huck learn to play poker the way he lives and to live the way he plays poker? Or is his only flush the sound of his life going down the toilet?
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Curtis Hanson
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

This is New Country 95.5,

country from the heart...

...sending out a big welcome

to all the hopefuls...

...for the 2003 World Series of Poker.

Here 's a George Jones classic

for all you players in the game of cards...

...or the game of love.



Brand new. Never been used.

I got three of them. One-fifty.

-It cost 500.

-1 50.

-I need three.


You have three digital cameras.

-AII the same.

-Pretty much.

Well, here's what

you can do with four cameras...

...that you can't do with three.

You take two of the cameras,

you price them identically.

The third camera, you price a Iittle Iess.

The fourth camera, you price a Iittle higher.

Customer comes in

wanting to buy a camera.

Figures the Ieast expensive camera's

either a bargain...

...or there's something wrong with it.

But it gets him thinking.

It gets him talking to you.

In other words,

you've got him in the game.

Odds are, he doesn't take camera number

three because he reads it as defective.

But it pushes him towards cameras

one and two...

...which he already thinks

are a good deal...

...because of the higher price

of camera number four.

Or maybe he's

drawn to camera number four.

I mean,

why is this camera more expensive?

You tell him it's never been used.

You point out that cameras one

and two have never been used...

...the only difference is,

camera number four is still in the box.

Now, he does one of two things.

He either buys one of your cameras

at the regular price...

...which he now thinks is a bargain...

...or, he springs for the one in the box...

...because he plans to give it

to someone as a present...

...and he needs the box

so it Iooks new...

...and not Iike some camera

he just picked up at a pawn shop.

You're good.

So by purchasing this camera in its box... increase the value

of the three cameras you already have.

You work this hard at your day job?

Only problem is,

my cameras all have boxes.


I'II tell you what.

If you can show me your boxes,

I'II give you my camera for nothing.

But, if you can't,

you pay three bills for mine.

You're pretty sure of yourself.

You don't have the boxes, do you?

I'II give you the 1 50,

plus 50 for the entertainment...

...but that's as high as I go.


What about this?

What's it worth?

To me or to you?

Well, it's worth a Iot to me.

It was my mother's.

She used to take it off...

...and then one day my dad

took off with it to get some cash.

How did you get it?

I won it off him in a poker game.

It was too Iate

to do my mom any good, though.

Sorry to hear that.

PIain band. Nothing special.

I could give you a hundred,

you'II have your three.

-He told me it was worth more than that.

-So sell it back to him.

I'm not selling it to you.

I'II be back for it.

What's your name?


Well, Huck, I'II give you another

buck and a half for the ring...

...and you have 1 20 days

to come back and see me.

Hey, Huck.

There'II be a seat available at

table four in just a few minutes.

-Thank you.

-Eight to call.

What time can you have it here?

AII right. If that's the best you can do.

Get it here as soon as you can.

Beating up on a whale.

Some real estate guy from FIorida.

I guess you could call that a tell.

He's stuck a quarter mil and change.

I'm down

with the Iittle fish tonight, Tommy.

-Swimming with the guppies for awhile.

-Okay, kid. Good Iuck.


Small blind. Big blind.

Sir, you wanna post?


-Water, Huck?

-Yeah, thanks.

I raise.

Well, Iet's raise it up, then.


-That's a good decision. You too.

AII very good decisions.

Especially you, water boy.

How do you Iike that river, water boy?

Sixteen is the bet.

It'II only hurt for a Iittle while.


You're betting Iike you have the eight

for the belly straight.

Or you might have caught

a third seven.

No matter how I Iook at it,

you probably got me beat.

Then again...

...maybe you don't.

It's raised to 32.

Thank you.

Screw it.

Never touch another player's cards.

Nothing. You raised me with nothing?

Sometimes nothing's enough.

-Let's Iine them up, please.

-Show cards, please.

Pair of queens.

Maverick. Jacks and queens.

Two pair is good, sir.

The winner.

Thank you.

Gentlemen. It's great to be alive, isn't it?


Sometime today, sunshine.

You in a hurry?

PIaces to go? People to see?


Let's see if we can get you there

a Iittle faster, cowboy.


Back at you.


Okay, it's eight, 1 0,000...

...two hundred and twenty-eight.

Do you want that in cash or chips?

Give me the ten in chips, Larita.

Robin, grab Huck's box for me, please.

-What time's your shift end?

-Not for another three hours.

My first bad beat tonight.

Get it over.

-What was that?

-Here you go. Here you go.

AII right, the over and under is three.

AII right, I got the under, who's got over?

-Hey, Huck. How you doing?

-Hey, Eddie.

Hey, three times over the net pays off,

five pays double.

-You want some of the action? Okay.

-No thanks, Eddie.

AII right, all right.

Who's got ponytail's side?

That's payday. That's payday.

Come on, you can do better than that.

Smell this, it's new.

-Smells good, right?


But it's not cologne

or deodorant or anything...'s just me.

It's just Iike my natural--

I know it's weird--

Sorry. Time got away from me.

It happens.

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Eric Roth

Eric Roth (born March 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). more…

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