Lucky You

Scoop's note:

As far as I know, this is the first time we have ever had a film reviewed by one of the performers. Sam, a professional gambler, has a scene at the poker table in the all-important role of "Old Man." Although it was surely a strenuous role, he was not required to attend any workshops at The Actor's Studio nor to perform a nude scene.

by Silver Dollar Sam O'Connor

"There’s a Cypriot over at that table who owns a lot of chips. And I’m going over to relieve him of some of them. It’s the same table where Nick the Greek had his finest hour."

Not bad lines from Eric Roth, the screenwriter. The words get your attention, add a little intrigue and finish with some poker history. They were spoken by Robert Duvall in the scene filmed at Binion's in Lucky You. But you will never hear it in the movie. However, Duvall gave his usual dependable and likable performance. We all like Robert.

In fact, about half the scene where those lines were to appear was cut. I'm the old man who draws out on Eric Bana by coaxing a nine ("Come on, nine") on the river. (Blue shirt below, dead center of the picture.)

I found half my lines from the scene had disappeared by the time the film reached its theatrical form. Only Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana kept most of their lines. And that’s the way it should be.

Much more than footage was lost in editing. The theatrical version of Lucky You has a love story that we don’t believe. There was no time to develop a believable relationship between Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana and we wind up wondering why they laid awake at night thinking of each other. Because the love story has so little substance, Drew is reduced to what amounts to a supporting role to the more mainstream story of the father/son relationship. (Hey, cut the attempt at a love story and make room for more of my lines!)

Curtis Hanson, one of the finest directors today, had too much footage and too little movie time (2 hrs. 4 min.) to fit it all in. We know this happens often and we know that when it happens, some element of the film will suffer.

Still, it’s a shock to see how much footage is severed in the cutting room. Much of the tournament scene is gone. And poor Debra Messing saw all her mermaid fin-flipping efforts splash to the cutting room floor.

Lucky You is not a chick flick. It’s about Las Vegas streets and some of the colorful people who live there. It has some great poker scenes directed by Curtis Hanson who knows how to pay attention to detail and how to get the best from his supporting cast. Horatio Sanz offers a fine performance. A cameo appearance from Robert Downey, Jr. adds almost nothing to the story but captures the essence of the film as he masters a scene in a way that could never allow any director to cut it in the interest of time.

The poker scenes are painstakingly real and very effective. Most of the famous poker players are there and Curtis Hanson gets the best from them.

See the movie for the poker fun. And cheer for me to get my nine – Drew did.



Silver Dollar Sam O'Connor  has written the most comprehensive book on no limit hold ‘em to date. Order Sam’s book, “How to Dominate $1 and $2 No Limit Hold ‘Em” here



Some notes on The Breastford Wives

ID's from the mailbox:


Letter One:


"Dylan Bailey" is Monique Parent. Probably a non-union job.

Yes, I noticed that. She usually appears as Scarlett Johansing for her non-union jobs. Not sure what the deal is on Dylan Bailey. That's a new one to me.

From the Monique Parent forum:



Letter Two:


Not sure if you wanted to know or not but the girl in the DannCaps section listed as Monica Rakocyova also goes by the porn name Monica Sweetheart. She has a rather extensive filmography (294 films listed at the IAFD). One of my favorites is My Anal Adventure. She has black hair in that flick and never looked better.  I have included a couple of links for you:




* Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

* White asterisk: expanded format.

* Blue asterisk: not mine.

No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.







Allyson is Watching

Allyson is Watching (1997) was covered by me years ago, and the caps are fine. What is news is that the title in its original release has become collectable, and is now around $100.00 when you can find it. The good news is that Rare Licensed DVD now has it available at a reasonable price on a dual region (1 and 4) DVD with an English soundtrack and optional Spanish subtitles. Allyson Is Watching DVD (1997)


Silhouette (1992) is a Canadian erotic thriller written and directed by the Polish-born Canadian Lloyd Simandl, before he discovered the secret of making cheap films in Czechoslovakia. Tracy Scroggins stars as a public defender and friend to working girls. When one of her favorites is thrown out of a car, gives her a broach, and then ends up murdered, and the police are not interested, she decides to investigate herself. She has no idea what she is up against, but when she masquerades as a hooker to gather information, she places her own life in danger.

Look for Marc Singer and Brion James in major roles!

As in many of Simandl's films, much of it is dark and foggy, a problem exacerbated by a grainy transfer. The plot is somewhat better than Simandl's later WIP Czechsploitation efforts, but will never be nominated for writing awards. In fact, I found it unintentionally hilarious in spots. The strong point of the film, at least according to many online reviewers, is the sexy soundtrack.

This is a C-. At max.

IMDb readers say 3.0, and based on only 41 votes.

The film has been hard to find, so the good news is that this DVD is even available, and at a price tag of less than ten bucks.

Allyson Is Watching DVD (1997)



Tracy Scroggins shows breasts and buns, but not in good light.



Laloni shows breasts.









Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove


Today a ton of boobage.


Bernadette Perez plays a stripper who uses her Robo Hooters to make Roger jolly.


Carrie Booska topless as another stripper working the pole.



Megan Lee Ethridge shows off her cute tiny little titties -  those nipples really stand at attention.









El Túnel

1987 Spanish movie that had two English speaking actors in the lead, Peter Weller and Jane Seymour, who shows a fair amount of skin throughout the movie.

A painter, Castel (Peter Weller), remembers from prison why he ended up there. He met María Iribarne (Jane Seymour), a woman who is married to a blind man who has a high social status. Castel becomes obsessed with her and doesn't stop chasing her until they become lovers. But after he gets what he wanted he is not satisfied and wants more. He gets lost in his passion for her and ends up in a complete state of paranoia.

Jane Seymour


Marga Herrera







Notes and collages

Agnes Bruckner

in Haven

in Dreamland









You I Love



 Lyubov Tolkalina







Catherine Zeta-Jones in Love at First Sight: Resurgence. While Jimmy the Saint's clip of this rare French/English TV show is no masterpiece - tiny, grainy, no sound - it is the only clip I've ever seen, thus elevating it to Rembrandt status. Jimmy's home tape of the film seems to be the only record of its existence. IMDb has a minimalist entry for this program, and does not list Zeta in the cast, although that is obviously she. This may be the rarest item in our collection.
Here's a better version of the topless shot of Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace (former Big Brother UK babe)
Sarah Polley in The Secret Life of Words


Juliette Binoche in her first screen nudity - La Vie de famille






The Comedy Wire

Comments in yellow...

Paris Hilton is urging fans to visit and sign a petition asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon her so she doesn't have to do jail time.  The petition says the sentence is too harsh, reminds Arnold that Hilton is a very wealthy socialite, and says she "provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world" and "provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives."  This prompted someone to create another petition urging him not to pardon her.  At last check, the "Free Paris" petition had 10,336 alleged signees, none of them made public, while the "Jail Paris" petition had 14,230, most with names and pungent comments. 

*  Here's a tip: Don't count on a guy from Austria helping to liberate Paris.

Lal Bihari is running for office in Upper Pradesh, India, on a vow to represent the living dead.  In India, thousands of people have been falsely declared dead by relatives conniving with crooked officials.  Bihari lost his father's inheritance when a greedy uncle got him declared dead, and it took him 18 years to overcome all the corruption and bureaucracy and be declared alive again.  During that time, Bihari said he ran in other elections and even being physically present in the campaign wasn't considered enough to prove he was

*  Same problem Al Gore had. 

*  The process takes so long, some dead people die before they can prove they're alive. 

In Bulgaria, the train drivers' union complained that some older trains had no bathrooms, and drivers weren't able to take a toilet break and were having to pee out the windows.  So the management responded to the complaint: they will fit the trains with special swivel chairs so the drivers can turn and pee out the window without having to get
up from the controls.

*  If you're traveling in the first train car, you might want to close your window. 

In what has to be the most labor-intensive prank ever, someone released onto the Internet a manuscript purported to be the super-secret "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series.  It features a happy ending in which Harry marries his sweetheart, Ginny Weasley.  But the publishers say it's not the real
book: someone wrote a 250,000-word hoax. 

*  That would explain the sex scene, where Harry carries Ginny up the staircase at Tara.