About 12 years ago when I was in college (In India), I saw a hollywood movie in the common room on Star TV. The movie was about three guys who go into a town and start a new life battling the local outlaws. Even though I probably did not understand 50% of the dialogs and stuff, it was so good, I watched the whole movie without batting an eyelid. At that time I had no clue about hollywood stars etc. Also, I did not catch the name of the movie either. When I came to US couple of years ago, I recognized the movie by seeing the DVD cover. The movie was Tombstone. Awesome.
Now, there was another movie, which I loved so much but I am not able to track it down. I was hoping may be hollywood buffs here can help me out
It is a comedy. The protagonist is a teenager who happens to be poor but very lucky. One scene that I vaguely remember goes like this: Some amy officer is recruiting students in a big hall. Everybody is trying to avoid joining the military but this office does not let anybody go. (I guess, the students were being drafted). But with a stroke of luck this guy manages to avoid it because of some misunderstanding between him and the officer regarding his high school diploma. Anyway, the main plot of the movie is that everybody in the town knows that this guys is extremely lucky. Later in the movie, he buys a lottery ticket. His ticket wins the first round, then the second round etc. Just before the final round, some family emergency forces his father to vacate the house for lack of payments. Now, this guy goes to a money lender and sells his ticket to him for whatever amount was required to save the house and the family. Remember that the final round is not over yet, so the ticket is not a winning ticket yet...but since the whole town knows that he is very lucky, the money lender buys the ticket. His family gets very upset about selling the ticket. They go back and get the ticket and finally the ticket wins the jackpot.
I know a lot of movies with a winning-the-lotter theme, but that one sounds way out there. Are you sure you're not thinking of more than one movie? Except for the details you cite, the plotline sounds like a strange fusion of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Pecker, with a mild dash of the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz thrown in.
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