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It Could Happen to You

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

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.2/10 (15,579 voted)

Andrew Bergman

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez

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!


Nicolas Cage

Charlie Lang

Bridget Fonda

Yvonne Biasi

Rosie Perez

Muriel Lang

Wendell Pierce

Bo Williams

Isaac Hayes

Angel Dupree

Víctor Rojas


Seymour Cassel

Jack Gross

Stanley Tucci

Eddie Biasi

J.E. Freeman

Sal Bontempo

Red Buttons

Walter Zakuto

Richard Jenkins

C. Vernon Hale

Robert Dorfman


Charles Busch


Beatrice Winde


Ginny Yang

Mrs. Sun

It's not about money. It's about life.

Release Date: 29 July 1994

Filming Locations: Bethsheba Terrace, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Gross: $37,800,323

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


In the movie's initial phase, it was originally titled "The $2 Million Tip". Arnold Schwarzenegger was slated to star in the movie, but ultimately chose to star in
Last Action Hero instead.


Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
When the movie begins, the coffee shop is called "Ideal". After she buys it, Yvonne changes the name to "Yvonne's". When Charlie comes to the shop to find Yvonne (the first time that they are together after the court verdict), the name of the shop is "Ideal" again. But if you look closely, the Yvonne's sign is still up, just darkened. Obviously with the money awarded to Muriel, Yvonne would had sold the coffee shop back to her original boss, hence it is in the middle of re-doing the sign.


Muriel Lang:
You should be locked up in that looney bin on Staten Island that Geraldo Rivera is always exposing!

User Review

The nearest any film's ever come to breaking me…

Rating: 9/10

…as a cynic.

I, through whatever reason, am absurdly cynical. A cynic, lest we forget, is
somebody who puts very little faith in the good nature of humanity. Somebody
who considers all good deeds to be selfishly motivated.

Somebody who should absolutely hate this film.

But I can't. I love this to pieces. No film has ever done as much to give me
some faith in people. If Charlie can do the decent thing and split his
ticket with Yvonne to fulfil a promise, despite the demands of a furious
Muriel; if despite reaching a financial and emotional low they can still
invite Angel in to put some food in his belly; and if the New York public
can show their appreciation by doing whatever little they can to help out;
then maybe, just maybe, there might be hope for the rest of

This. Is. Beautiful.