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Pure Luck (1991)

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An accountant with super bad luck is sent in search of a missing boss's daughter, also an incredibly unlucky.

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Nadia Tass

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Francis Veber (film La Chevre), Herschel Weingrod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Short ... Eugene Proctor
Danny Glover ... Raymond Campanella
Sheila Kelley ... Valerie Highsmith
Sam Wanamaker ... Highsmith
Scott Wilson ... Frank Grimes
Harry Shearer ... Monosoff
Jorge Russek ... Inspector Segura
Rodrigo Puebla Rodrigo Puebla ... Fernando
John H. Brennan John H. Brennan ... Tyler
Jorge Luke ... Pilot
Abel Woolrich Abel Woolrich ... Prisoner
Patricia Gage ... Secretary
Ariane Pellicer Ariane Pellicer ... Girl at Club
Alexandra Vicencio Alexandra Vicencio ... Nurse
Sharlene Martin Sharlene Martin ... Nurse
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Storyline

The daughter of a wealthy businessman has disappeared in Mexico, and all the efforts to find her have been unsuccessful. A psychologist, knowing that the girl has an ultra bad luck, persuades her father to send to Mexico one of his employees, an accountant with super bad luck, to find her. Perhaps he will be lucky, and his bad luck could help to find the unlucky girl... Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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One's a detective searching for a missing heiress. The other's an accident waiting to happen. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pure Luck See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,010,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,010,810, 11 August 1991

Gross USA:

$22,641,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,941,969
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first comedy film that Danny Glover had starred in during this period of time. Glover was mainly a dramatic actor who had done serious roles in "The Color Purple" and "To Sleep With Anger" as well as action-thrillers like "Lethal Weapon and its' sequels", "Predator 2" and "Witness". Glover would return to the genre in 1997 with his "Lethal Weapon" co-star Oscar Winner Joe Pesci for the Disney comedy "Gone Fishin'" six years later. See more »

Goofs

Eugene's eggs change from cut up to just cooked and back to cut up during his breakfast conversation with Raymond. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Proctor: Fish what I wanted
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Referenced in Daymaker (2007) See more »

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It's "pure luck" this movie is bashed so unfairly!
23 August 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Why does Martin Short always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop? And even more so, why does he get the fuzzy end unrightfully? "Pure Luck" is a funny movie with some very funny moments of genuine comedy. It relies more on subtlety than on loud antics; more on characters than on pure gags. It's pure luck this movie is bashed so unfairly.

Short plays Proctor, a bumbling man who doesn't find bad luck - bad luck finds him. He would be the one the automatic sliding door doesn't open for; he would be the one that chooses a chair with a broken leg; he is the one who would be capable of finding an equally unlucky woman lost in Mexico, whose father is Proctor's boss.

Proctor's boss figures that singe he's such a bad luck charm, his daughter - who is just like Proctor - would be found much quicker if they used another luck-impaired civilian to find her. Of course, Proctor thinks he has been chosen for being a great mystery solver. During the entire film he walks around thinking that he was chosen for the job because he is good. But alas, that is not the case.

Danny Glover is the head honcho looking over Proctor to lead him along - but Proctor thinks he himself is in charge, and that Glover is his co-detective. Some funny scenes come out of this.

A movie like "Pure Luck" is fun not because it is wildly outrageous (i.e. not Jim Carrey humor), not because it has great direction, but simply because it has a more subtle humor reminiscent of an older type of film; its actors are terrific (whatever happened to Danny Glover and, even more so, Martin Short?); the script is funny.

Is it just me or is Martin Short a funny guy? He's got the comedic timing all down-pat, he has comical facial expressions, comical guestures - what can I say, he's a comical guy. People seem to forget his roles in "The Three Amigos" (alongside Steve Martin and Chevy Chase), "The Father of the Bride" (also with Steve Martin), and so on. But I think he's talented.

And Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon") is a great character actor who hasn't appeared in many films over the past few years. Maybe "Predator 2" put him out of the game for a while. But he was in "The Royal Tennenbaums," so . ..?

This is a funny movie more character-driven than anything; it has an element of subtle humor that adds a charm to it. I really don't care if people don't like this movie - it's one of those that everyone I talk to loves, yet the general public seems to have a different opinion. Odd - is it just me, or is this funny stuff?

3.5/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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