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Jackpot (2001)

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Critic Consensus: A somewhat aimless movie that's too artsy for its own good.

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Set 100 miles south of the setting of the Polish brothers' first feature, Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot tells the story of Sunny Holiday Jon Gries, a down-on-his-luck karaoke dweller who has hopes of becoming a country singer. He has abandoned his feisty wife Bobbi (Daryl Hannah) and young daughter to set off on a nine-month road odyssey with his manager Lester Irving (Garrett Morris), in an effort to collect cash at local karaoke gigs. Lester grooms Sunny by choosing what songs he will do, keeping up with what the judges are like, and negotiating with competitors like Sammy Bones (Mac Davis), another traveling hopeful. On his road journey, he encounters several women, including Janice (Peggy Lipton), a club waitress, and Cheryl (Crystal Bernard), whom he takes home after she has an accident in a restroom, only to find himself being enticed by her underage daughter Tangerine (Camellia Clouse). The road trip comes to a stop, however, when Sunny is pulled over by police who claim that his vehicle is stolen and that Bobbi has reported it. Sunny then seeks refuge with brother Tracy (Anthony Edwards) while he decides his next move. Jackpot is the first released film to be shot with the 24P HDTV camera, which was then blown up to Cinemascope 35 mm format.

Cast

Jon Gries
as Sunny Holiday
Garrett Morris
as Lester Irving
Adam Baldwin
as Mel James
Camellia Clouse
as Tangerine
Mac Davis
as Sammy Bones
Rosie O'Grady
as Sweet Dreams
Dig Wayne
as Never My Love
Tia Matza
as Vicky
Mark Polish
as Sad Eyes
Larry W. Hunter
as Mini-Mart Clerk
Suzanne Krull
as Sneezy Waitress
Toni Oswald
as Truckstop Waitress
Larry Pennell
as Truck Driver
Ashley Cohen
as Cheerleader One
Kelly Cohen
as Cheerleader Two
David Cannizzarro
as Karaoke Jockey One
Allen Fawcett
as Karaoke Jockey Two
Gil Gail
as State Trooper One
Joe Bays
as State Trooper Two
Chip Godwin
as Motel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Jackpot

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (20)

This is a comedy but the laughter it prompts is dark and parched.

October 12, 2001 | Rating: 2/4
Detroit News
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Because there is no real chance Sunny will triumph -- Rocky this isn't -- we await the end with the same polite, mildly bemused vacancy with which we await the end of a serious karaoke performance, only without the benefit of alcohol.

October 12, 2001 | Full Review…
Detroit Free Press
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Ends up a lot like Sunny's singing: pointless and more than a little flat.

September 21, 2001 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
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There's a sense in which we're always waiting for it to kick in.

August 24, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Gries and Morris play this luckless, clueless pair with such understanding and presence that they make Sunny and Lester come alive in every scene.

August 23, 2001
Chicago Tribune
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Writer-directors Michael and Mark Polish ... are going for something grittier in their follow-up, Jackpot. Unfortunately, this entails mixing country-kitsch cliches and excessive vulgarity with their narrative flourishes.

August 17, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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