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


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Short ... Proctor
Danny Glover ... Campanella
Sheila Kelley ... Valerie
Sam Wanamaker ... Highsmith
Scott Wilson ... 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 ... Girl at Club
Alexandra Vicencio Alexandra Vicencio ... Nurse
Sharlene Martin Sharlene Martin ... Nurse


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 <>

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


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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This is the third film to star Danny Glover in 1991. The others include "A Rage In Harlem" and the Oscar nominated "Grand Canyon" starring Kevin Kline and Steve Martin, who would co-star with Glover's co-star in this film, Martin Short in the Disney remake of "Father of the Bride", which was also released during the Christmas holidays of 1991 for Oscar consideration by Twentieth Century-Fox. See more »


When Dr. Monosoff sets up the broken chair at the conference table, he leaves no room to sit at the table without moving the chair (which would have obviously revealed the broken leg). When Eugene sits down, the chairs have been moved back allowing ample space to sit without moving the chair. See more »


Eugene Proctor: I am trained in martial arts. Judo, aikido, karate. The first thing they teach you is self-control. If someone calls you a jerk, you don't hit them. You just walk away.
Large Man: Jerk.
Eugene Proctor: ...Ah! See? Complete control.
Large Man: Moron!
[Eugene walks into a door]
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Wonderfully funny, slapstick adventure.
26 July 2001 | by GrantCAGESee all my reviews

What has everybody got against this movie? It's damn funny! Martin Short and Danny Glover going over from NYC to Mexico to search for the accident-prone daughter of Short's big company boss Highsmith. Monosoft, played by the brilliant Harry Shearer, has the idea of sending Eugene Proctor (Short) to Mexico with detective Raymond Campanella (Glover). The jokes come thick and fast and, although sometimes predictable, the movie goes along fine with plenty of wonderful slapstick thrown in all over the place. Probably the funniest scene of Eugene inflating to twice his size because of a bee sting in the helicopter! All in all, this is not a movie to be taken too seriously! It's a funny, light-hearted film with plenty of action and comedy thrown in that will always entertain well for people of all ages.8/10

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Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pure Luck See more »


Box Office


$17,010,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,010,810, 11 August 1991

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1.85 : 1
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