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Jackpot (2001)

R | | Drama, Comedy | 27 July 2001 (USA)
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Sunny Holiday, an aspiring singing star, abandons his wife and young baby to set off on a nine-month tour of bleak western towns. He takes off with his road manager in a pink Chrysler in ... See full summary »

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Michael Polish
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Gries ... Sunny Holiday / Glen Allen Johnson
Daryl Hannah ... Bobbi
Garrett Morris ... Lester Irving
Patrick Bauchau ... Santa Claus / Voice of Sevon
Adam Baldwin ... Mel James
Rosie O'Grady Rosie O'Grady ... Sweet Dreams
Larry W. Hunter ... Mini Mart Clerk
Peggy Lipton ... Janice
Suzanne Krull ... Sneezy Waitress
Dig Wayne ... Never My Love
Mac Davis ... Sammy Bones
Larry Pennell ... Truck Driver
Toni Oswald Toni Oswald ... Truck Stop Waitress
Crystal Bernard ... Cheryl
Tia Matza ... Vicky
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Sunny Holiday, an aspiring singing star, abandons his wife and young baby to set off on a nine-month tour of bleak western towns. He takes off with his road manager in a pink Chrysler in search of their own version of the American Dream: a country loving audience. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

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27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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$480,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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Early in the film, one of the characters references the town of Twin Falls. Twin Falls Idaho (1999) was the Polish brothers' first movie. See more »

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Tangerine: Wanna see my room?
Sunny Holiday: Uh, sure.
Tangerine: Wanna sign my yearbook?
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Sunny
by Bobby Hebb
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A Throwback of Sorts
29 January 2003 | by KingJJSee all my reviews

If this was 1972, Jackpot would star Jack Nicholson as a talented, but down on his luck musician searching the dusty corners of the country looking for his big break and the pieces of his squandered life. Critics would hail it as being gritty and brave. But Jackpot takes place in the here and now. And while it's hero is searching the dusty corners of the country looking for his big break and the pieces of his squandered life, he is utterly talentless, mean spirited, self centered, and a pathetic jerk to boot. Needless to say, critics did hail Jackpot in the least. Which, I can't blame them for. A year and a half ago I left the theater feeling I experienced nothing more than a loss of $10. I felt the film was pointless, aimless, and without any real payoff. But, after 5 blocks on the walk home I realized, so are the lives of the characters.

Therein lies the beauty of the film. It's the man behind the legend that was never a legend to begin with (except in his own mind). It's a '70s anti-hero film except with the sense to show the "hero" for who he really is. Not a tortured genius. But, only a loser with delusion of tortured genius.

And, upon repeated viewing it's aimlessness becomes invisible. In fact, the script is militant in it's tightness. But, the direction never chooses to hit you over the head with it's plot or it's points.

Instead, opting to throw them about almost offhanded, allowing them to seep in (as it did for me, and perhaps not for others).

Jackpot is rich in it's rewards to those who pay attention. And besides, any film that can go from being terrible to great in 5 blocks has to be worth something.


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