It Could Happen to You

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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 from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four million dollars and, much ...
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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 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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/1995
  • UPC: 043396728134
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

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
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 Colon 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, Producer
Gary Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
Jane Anderson Screenwriter
Craig Baumgarten Executive Producer, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    i love Bridget Fonda!

    she's a great and beautiful actress this is a sweet romantic comedy and sorta a drama but a real nice and pleasent fun movie to watch and enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Loved this movie!

    I saw this movie 10 years ago and still love it. It's one of those's movies like bed of roses you want to watch more than once. Anyway, what always touched me was nicholas cage's character waited until his wedding night until they had sex. It was one of those aww moments. Too many movies are promoting one night stands and casual sex and I really don't like that. Anyway, the acting was good, I enjoy sentimental movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Overcomes Evil

    This is one movie that guys as well as gals will like. Nicolas Cage gives a standout performance as a New York cop (Charlie),whose word is as good as gold. Bridget Fonda plays a nieve, down on her luck, waitress (Yvonne), when, by a twist of fate, meets her true Prince Charming. Rosie Perez plays Charlie's wife (Muriel), an evil person who thinks of no one, but herself. Muriel and Charlie go together like oil and water. You have to wonder what Charlie sees in her, but he sees the best in everyone, including their faults. When Charlie gives half of his winnings from a Lottery ticket to Yvonne as a tip, this makes Muriel come unglued. Being greedy, she wants ALL the money, and she doesn't want to split it with anyone. Anyway, the more she pushs away Charlie, the more time he spends with Yvonne, this leads to a very public divorce, with veteran actor, Red Buttons playing Charlie's lawyer. Towards the end of the movie, just when you think all hope is lost, there develops a heart-tugging ending when good overcomes evil. I highly recommend this film to lovers' everywhere...

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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