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It Could Happen to You (1994)

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

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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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Box Office

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,112,822, 31 July 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,800,323
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1.85 : 1
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Yvonne tells Officer Lang in the diner that her luck is so bad that she had a puppy die of"parvo," but she doesn't even know what that is. Parvo is a virus that afflicts puppies, and is marked by severe intestinal and heart problems. It is readily preventable by making sure puppies get all their vaccines, although Yvonne probably lacked the money to pay for them. See more »

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Just before the verdict is announced, a reporter on TV says Muriel's attorney portrayed Yvonne "as a gold digger and nymphomaniac." Although this could have been an attempt to sway the jury in his client's favor, the attorney made a mistake. Nymphomaniacs suffer from a debilitating disease; they do not joyfully run about having sex with everyone. Neither of these conditions apply to Yvonne. She may have committed adultery with Charlie, and that may have harmed her cause in the jury's eyes, but she is not a nymphomaniac. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Lang: Muriel was the first girl I ever...
[Implying she was the first person he ever had sex with]
Yvonne Biasi: Really?
Charlie Lang: Yeah.
Yvonne Biasi: [sincerely] That's sweet.
Charlie Lang: I guess. So we went down to the marriage license bureau, and I remember there was this other couple there. They were orthodox Jews. It was an arranged marriage. They weren't allowed to see each other. They were surrounded by their families, they couldn't get a glimpse of each other. I couldn't help but think, "they don't even know they're attached to each other, ...
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Crazy Credits

This film was inspired by the generosity of detective Robert Cunningham (ret.) and his wife, Gina. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham have been happily married for 31 years. The waitress and her husband have been happily married for 37 years. See more »

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I Feel Lucky
Written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Schlitz
Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
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Cage and Fonda Deliver Nice Performances in This Nice Film.
6 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Heart-warming little comedy that uses old Hollywood tactics to tell a fairy tale story that works really well on the big screen. New York cop Nicolas Cage does not have a tip for diner waitress Bridget Fonda so promises to split his earnings if he wins the state's lottery. Amazingly he does win. His share is $4 million and true to his word he gives half to Fonda to wife's Rosie Perez's dismay. Perez is the boss in a loveless marriage. Cage and Fonda then start to fall in love with each other and Perez decides to divorce Cage just out of spite and try to get the entire $4 million for herself. A really beautiful romantic film that works due to quiet, but highly effective performances by Cage and Fonda. Perez steals every scene here and the film's good screenplay makes it a nice success. 4 stars out of 5.


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