It Could Happen to You
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It Could Happen to You

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Director: Andrew Bergman

Cast: Andrew Bergman, Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez

     
 

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Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings… See more details below

Overview

Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four million dollars and, much to Yvonne's surprise, decides to honor the agreement. His action becomes front page news and wins public acclaim, but it doesn't go over nearly so well with Charlie's wife Muriel (Rosie Perez), who has her own plans for the money. Muriel's shallow, greedy behavior disgusts Charlie, who finds himself spending more and more time with Yvonne, developing a friendship that threatens to blossom into something more. Jane Anderson's screenplay stresses the relationship between Charlie and Yvonne's characters over the situation's comic potential; this earnest tone will please romance fans but may disappoint viewers expecting the farcical comedy of writer/director Andrew Bergman's and Cage's previous effort, Honeymoon in Vegas.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Isaac Hayes narrates this fairy tale romantic comedy from talented director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas) and based on a true story. Married policeman Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) doesn't have enough money to tip waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda), so he offers her half of his lottery ticket if he wins. Naturally, he comes up with the $4 million jackpot and has to decide whether to honor his bargain, despite the hysteria of wife Muriel (Rosie Perez). Gentle and not too smarmy, this sentimental tale gets a bit of an edge from Perez, in a hilariously manic performance as the shrill harridan who finally loses Charlie to the kind-spirited Yvonne. Veteran character actor Seymour Cassel is around also as a smooth-talking conman who suckers Muriel in, and Cage plays his role with some thought, never giving in to the easy comic choices.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
UPC:
0043396728196
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:41:00

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Theatrical trailer; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Charlie Lang
Bridget Fonda Yvonne Biasi
Rosie Perez Muriel Lang
Wendell Pierce Bo Williams
Isaac Hayes Angel
Red Buttons Walter Zakuto
Seymour Cassel Jack Gross
Victor Rojas Jesu
Stanley Tucci Eddie Biasi
Robert Dorfmann Actor
J.E. Freeman Sal Bontempo
Richard Jenkins C.Vernon Hale
Charles Busch Timothy
Beatrice Winde Judge
Ginny Yang Mrs Sun
Rene Rivera Julio
Angel David Esteban
Anna Lobell Korean Deli Customer
Merwin Goldsmith Bankruptcy Judge
Vincent Pastore Bowling Team Member #1
George J. Manos Loto Official
Willie Colón Mayor
Ranjit Chowdhry Mr Patel
Frank Pellegrino Water's Edge Maitre d'
John Louis Fischer Plaza Bellhop
Mina Bern Muriel's Neighbour
Feiga Martinez Jesus' Mom
John Norman Thomas Mr Muktananda
Ann Dowd Carol
Lim Kay Tong Sun
Alan Muraoka Television Reporter
Felipe Luciano Television Reporter

Technical Credits
Andrew Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Gary Adelson Executive Producer
Gary Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
Jane Anderson Screenwriter
Craig Baumgarten Executive Producer
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Bill Groom Production Designer
Joseph Hartwick Executive Producer
Michael Lobell Producer
John Lyons Casting
Barry Malkin Editor
Stephen Metcalfe Screenwriter
Joe Mulherin Score Composer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup

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