It Could Happen to You (1994)



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Loosely based on a true story, this uneven romantic comedy depicts the unexpected way in which a winning lottery ticket unites a pair of strangers. Waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) first meets police officer Charlie (Nicolas Cage) when he eats in her restaurant. Realizing that he doesn't have enough money to give her a tip, Charlie promises Yvonne to split any winnings from the lottery ticket he just bought. The skeptical Yvonne dismisses Charlie as just another cheapskate until he wins four … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jane Anderson, Stephen Metcalfe, Andrew Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Charlie Lang

as Yvonne Biasi

as Muriel Lang

as Bo Williams

as Angel

as Sal Bontempo

as Walter Zakuto

as C. Vernon Hale

as Timothy

as Mrs. Sun

as Julio

as Esteban

as Korean Deli Customer

as Bankruptcy Judge

as Bowling Team Member ...

as Loto Official

as Mr Patel

as Water's Edge Maitre ...

as Plaza Bellhop

as Muriel's Neighbour

as Jesus' Mom

as Mr Muktananda

as Carol

as Television Reporter

as Television Reporter
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Critic Reviews for It Could Happen to You

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

Bergman...really brings home the homage to Capra with the pic's warm, bordering-on-irresistible finale.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Top Critic

Perez has a field day as Muriel, injecting a welcome note of good old-fashioned greed into what is otherwise a relentlessly edifying story.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Sweetness is fine as far as it goes, but this oddball romance could have used a twist of lemon.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The nastiness in the movie feels derived from life, while all the niceness feels canned -- imported from old Jimmy Stewart pictures.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Bergman never goes for heavy-handed schmaltz, and the whole movie has the same lighthearted big city spirit as the New York Post headlines that follow the story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Simply and without pandering or insults to your intelligence, the movie delivers more of the old-style pleasures of moviegoing than any other picture in a long while.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for It Could Happen to You

I'm not a Nicholas Cage fan. At all. But in this film he has his act together. He and Bridget Fonda have wonderful chemistry and together create this charming, lovely romance film. Yeah, it's a bit tacky and unrealistic at times, but it's just too pleasant and supremely watchable that it's very hard to dislike it.

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer


Based on a true story. A cop gives half a lottery ticket to a waitress in lieu of a tip. He wins $4 million. They are thrown together and become romantically involved. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


So sweet. I really liked Fonda in her character here...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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