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It Could Happen to You (1994)

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A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

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Charlie Lang
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Yvonne Biasi
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Muriel Lang
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Bo Williams
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Jesu
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Jack Gross
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Eddie Biasi
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Sal Bontempo
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Walter Zakuto
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C. Vernon Hale
Robert Dorfman ...
Walter
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Timothy
Beatrice Winde ...
Judge
Ginny Yang ...
Mrs. Sun
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Storyline

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! Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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It's not about money. It's about life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild language and a scene of cop action | See all certifications »

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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip!  »

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$37,800,323 (USA)
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Trivia

Released in the UK in the same week that the National Lottery was launched. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, the character of Angel Dupree (portrayed by 'Isaac Hayes (I)') states that "The story you're about to see... it's pretty much all true." In fact, the only resemblance the fictionalized account bears to the real story is that it involves a cop and waitress splitting the proceeds of a lottery ticket. In reality, the cop, Robert Cunningham, and the waitress, Phyllis Penzo, had been acquainted for fifteen years, as Cunningham was a regular customer in the restaurant where Penzo worked. One night, Cunningham jokingly offered half interest in the proceeds of his lottery ticket to Penzo, and each chose half the numbers; therefore, the waitress was actually responsible for half the winning numbers, making the lottery money legitimately half hers as opposed to the generous gift it is portrayed as in the film. There was also never a romance between the two; both Penzo and Cunningham were and continue to be happily married to other people, and Cunningham had his wife's full support in sharing the lottery proceeds. While some dramatic license is to be expected in a film adaptation of actual events, the story told in the film could not, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered "pretty much all true." See more »

Quotes

Yvonne Biasi: Who wants ice cream on their pie? Who wants pie?
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Referenced in Mad About You: The City (1994) See more »

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You Must Believe Me
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by The Impressions
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Excellent romantic, feel-good film!
2 January 2003 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not really the type of person that gets all excited about romantic films, but there is just something about this film that makes you feel good all the way through.

Not only is the film very touching and quite romantic, but it also has something to say about honesty and greed in the world. Although, this isn't the first movie in history to touch on these subjects, but I'm pretty sure it has never been done quite like this before.

The cast in this film is just plain excellent. Nicolas Cage is as great as always, no big surprises or let downs in that department. Bridget Fonda is spectacular in her role. She delivers a very heart-felt performance and looks nothing less than fantastic throughout the film. Both characters played by Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda were excellent characters and really seem like people that you enjoy being around. Rosie Perez was very good in her role, I actually HATED her character, not in the sense that she did a poor job, but that her character was an unlikeable person. Wendell Pierce's character (Bo Williams) was great too, also a person you would be proud to call a friend. Isaac Hayes was nice touch in the film. The rest of the cast was very good as well.

I would definitely recommend this film to anyone that likes Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, romantic-comedies or just feel-good movies. I really enjoyed this film quite a bit and I hope that you will too. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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