Pure Luck (1991)

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This wacky buddy comedy was the fifth in a series of Hollywood remakes of films by French director Francis Veber, none of which were box office successes. Sheila Kelley is Valerie Highsmith, an heiress who, despite her family's wealth, suffers from horribly bad luck. On a vacation to Mexico, she takes a fall, causing amnesia, then is mugged and kidnapped for ransom. When her father (Sam Wanamaker) becomes frustrated with the failed attempts of a detective, Ray Campanella (Danny Glover) to find his daughter, he teams a very reluctant Ray with Eugene Proctor (Martin Short), an accountant whose bumbling bad luck is even worse than Valerie's. The theory is that perhaps two such incredibly unlucky people will act like magnets, with Eugene leading Ray to Valerie's location. Although Ray finds Eugene irritating, the unlikely partners eventually begin making surprising progress in the case, despite Eugene's never-ending screw-ups and pratfalls.
Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By: Nadia Tass , David Parker , Joe Dunne
Written By: Herschel Weingrod , Timothy Harris , Lowell Ganz , David Mirkin , Babaloo Mandel
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Cast

Martin Short
as Eugene Proctor
Danny Glover
as Ray Campanella
Sam Wanamaker
as George Highsmith
Harry Shearer
as Dr. Monosoff
Jorge Russek
as Insp. Segura
Abel Woolrich
as Prisoner
Patricia Gage
as Secretary
Ariane Pellicer
as Girl at Club
Rubén Cristiany
as Hotel Porter
Maria Rosa Manzini
as Girlfriend at Hotel Bar
Andaluz Russell
as Reception Manager
Raul Martinez
as Gambling Club Bartender
Marco Antonio Arzate
as Bandaged Indian
Pepe Olivares
as Room Service Waiter
Gonzalo Sanchez
as Big Boyfriend
Sergio Calderón
as Night Club Bartender
Michael Puttonen
as Taxi Driver
Carlos Romano
as Airport Waiter
Magda Rodriguez
as Girl's Girlfriend
Julian Bucio
as Policeman
Arminius Arzate
as Policeman
Hector Tavares
as Policeman
Ignacio Gomez
as Policeman
Gabriella Moreno
as Gambler's Girlfriend
Lionel Douglass
as Man at Airport Restaurant
Sammy Ortiz
as Gambler
Willebaldo Bucio
as Purse Thief
Jorge Luis Corzo
as Purse Thief
Gabriel Pingarron
as Prison Guard
Pedro Altamirano
as Prison Guard
David Lisle
as Highsmith's Employee
Jorge Zepeda
as Airport Guard
Walter Marsh
as Airport Security Guard
Deryl Hayes
as Airport Employee
William MacDonald
as Airport Employee
Rolando Pimentel
as Hotel Porter
Jesus Moreno
as Hotel Porter
Mario Arreola
as Concierge
Juan Manuel
as Hotel Bar Waiter
Ana Patricia Rojo
as Woman at Restaurant
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Silly and sometimes very slapstick. Pure Luck, bring again the comedy style of Veber and the looney of Short. A guilty pleause.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Pure Luck is about the unluckiest man in the world (Martin Short) who's hired to find the unluckiest woman in the world who's gone missing. He just thinks he was hired due to his smarts, when the theory is that their bad luck will some how bring them together. The plot is as silly as it sounds, yet I always liked the movie. It has it's share of charm and Short and Glover are likable together. It's also occasionally pretty damn funny.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Martin Short was one of my favorites when I saw this film, so I have good associations with it. HOwever I cannot stand the sight of him anymore, so... but he does get stung by bees, fall off waterfalls, and other zany problems that make it worth seeing.

Curtis Lilly
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