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Luck of the Draw: aka "Quicksand"

A former criminal tries to set himself on the straight and narrow until he happens upon a set of bootleg printing plates for $100 bills and finds himself a wanted man by both sides of the law.

Genre - Thriller

Director(s) - Luca Bercovici

Writer(s) - Luca Bercovici (as "Namon Ami"), Rick Bloggs and Kandice King (as "Ann Marshman")

Cast - James Marshall, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts and Ice-T

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Distributor(s) - VCL Communications (Germany

Release Date - 2000

Synopsis - Jack Sweeney is fresh out of prison and having trouble finding a job. Mob boss Giani Ponti (Dennis Hopper) desires a pair of extremely valuable counterfeit plates, and he commissions his henchmen to raid a Frenchman's limousine and grab them. When the cops arrive, chaos ensues, and Sweeney finds the plates at his feet. Sweeney decides to sell the plates, but that leads to bloody consequences.

Critics' Kudos:
Jeremy Heilman, Apollo Movie Guide: "Luck of the Draw certainly qualifies as watchable. The film delivers some thrills when it allows its actors to engage in a machismo contest. Some of the scenes, most notably those featuring Dennis Hopper, manage to work up a froth. Some quality acting.

"Apparently, Mickey Rourke was originally slated to fill Michael Madsenís role, but was fired when he demanded that he be allowed to act opposite his pet Chihuahua."

Dan Heaton, dOc DVD Review: "In the world of straight-to-video filmmaking, the key to success is attracting well-known actors. The lack of pressure allows them to have fun and not worry about box office success. Luck of the Draw contains a wealth of recognizable faces playing a silly game of cops and robbers. The end result is mildly entertaining.

"The allure of this film stems from the combination of memorable villains and crazies from classic action films. Hopper is a boisterous mobster, Ice-T plays a gangster, Forsythe becomes a slimy cop and Roberts is a tough thug. One surprise is Madsen, whose suave thief actually has a nice heart and displays some weakness. The most interesting villain is Patrick Kilpatrick's stoic hitman, who commits murder with detached amusement; killing appears no different to him than taking out the garbage or mowing the lawn."

Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com: "The biggest thugs in cinema get a workout in Luck of the Draw, a direct-to-video gangster flick that has Dennis Hopper, Eric Roberts, Michael Madsen, William Forsythe and Ice-T all chasing down a pair of ultra-valuable counterfeit $100 printing plates.

"The film has everything from bad guys that can't shoot straight to cool toughs with homes filled with naked babes (really!). The big shootout at the end, with more than a dozen guys all in one warehouse room, is totally in slow motion."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Luca Bercovici (Ghoulies, Rockula, Dark Tide, Convict 762, The Granny, The Chain, BitterSweet)

Written by Luca Bercovici as "Namon Ami" (Ghoulies I, II, III and IV; The Chain; Rockula); Rick Bloggs (BitterSweet, Renegade Force) and Kandice King as "Ann Marshman" (debut).

Starring James Marshall (Young Artist Award nominee for Date Rape; appeared in A Few Good Men, High Crimes, Gladiator, Down, Soccer Dog: The Movie, Doomsday Man, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Cadence, 30 episodes of Twin Peaks, seven episodes of Growing Pains, three CBS Schoolbreak Specials and 21 other movies and TV projects); Dennis Hopper (Oscar noms for Easy Rider and Hoosiers; 19 major awards (in seven countries) and nine other nominations for works including Paris Trout, Blue Velvet, Speed and Out of the Blue; also appeared in Apocalypse Now, True Romance, Waterworld, Cool Hand Luke, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, True Grit, Land of the Dead, Edtv, Super Mario Bros., Rumble Fish, Basquiat, The American Friend, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, 23 episodes of E-Ring, 14 episodes of Crash, eight episodes of Flatland, five episodes of 24, three episodes of Zane Grey Theater, three episodes of Cheyenne 173 other films and TV projects); Michael Madsen (won four awards--three for Strength and Honour; also appeared in Kill Bill 1 and 2, Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, Twin Peaks, The Doors, The Natural, Thelma & Louise, Sin City, The Chronicles of Narnia, Die Another Day, Scary Movie 4, WarGames, Species, BloodRayne, Wyatt Earp, Mulholland Falls, 13 episodes of Animal Precinct, nine episodes of Tilt, nine episodes of Vengeance Unlimited, eight episodes of Big Apple and 153 other films and TV projects); Eric Roberts (Oscar nomination for Runaway Train; two major awards and four nominations for works including Star 80, King of the Gypsies and In Cold Blood; also appeared in The Dark Knight, The Cable Guy, Spawn, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Cecil B. Demented, The Specialist, Runaway Train, Witless Protection, 59 episodes of Less Than Perfect, 13 episodes of C-16: FBI, six episodes of Heroes, four episodes of Falcone, four episodes of Dark Realm, three episodes of Justice League, three episodes of The L Word and 171 other films and TV projects) and Ice-T (two major awards and three nominations for works including New Jack City, New York Undercover and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; also appeared in Johnny Mnemonic, Tank Girl, Riccochet, 3000 Miles to Graceland, The Heist, Surviving the Game, Trespass, Leprechaun in the Hood, Breakin, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Mean Guns, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, 202 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 16 episodes of Players, six episodes of Ice-T's Rap School, three episodes of New York Undercover and 52 other movies and TV projects).

Cast includes William Forsythe (Independent Spirit Best Supporting Actor Award and one other nom for Waterdance; also appeared in The Rock, Once Upon a Time in America, Raising Arizona, Halloween, Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Dick Tracy, City by the Sea, The Devil's Rejects, 88 Minutes, Blue Streak, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Virtuosity, Freedomland, Out for Justice, Tales of the Gold Monkey, American Me, King of the Mountain, Gotti, 20 episodes of John Doe, 15 episodes of The Untouchables, five episodes of UC: Undercover and 88 other films and TV projects); Frank Gorshin (Emmy nomination for Batman and one other nom; also appeared in 12 Monkeys, The Meteor Man, That Darn Cat, Bells Are Ringing, Where the Boys Are, Warlock, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Beethoven's 3rd, Man of the Century, Skidoo, Torpedo Run, The Great Impostor, 11 episodes of Batman, three episodes of The Batman and 123 other movies and TV projects); Patrick Kilpatrick (Last Man Standing, Eraser, Minority Report, The Replacement Killers, Presidio, Russkies, Toxic Avenger, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Death Warrant, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Class of 1999, eight episodes of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, four episodes of Tour of Duty and 82 other films and TV projects); Wendy Benson (Wishmaster, Still Breathing, The Inner Circle, Beacon Hill, James Dean, Brave New World, Bull, Where's Marlowe, 24 episodes of Unhappily Ever After, seven episodes of Secret Service Guy, six episodes of I'll Fly Away and 24 other movies and TV projects); Richard Ruccolo (All Over the Guy, Music From Another Room, The One, Obsessed, 81 episodes of Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place and 20 episodes of Rita Rocks); Sasha Mitchell (Dickie Roberts: former Child Star, Kickboxer II-IV, The Failures, This is How the World Ends, Pleasures, Spike of Bensonhurst, Death Before Dishonor, Gangland, Slammed, 111 episodes of Step by Step, 39 episodes of Dallas and four episodes of ER); Perry Anzilotti (Bean, Angus, Gang Related, Air Bud: Golden Receiver, I'll Do Anything, Seinfeld: The Movie, Jake's Women, 22 episodes of ER, 13 episodes of Sydney, 12 episodes of Flesh 'n' Blood, five episodes of Grace Under Fire and 40 other movies and TV projects); Regina Russell (Hook, Hollywood Homicide, ZigZag, Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story, Bikini Airways, Cannibal Taboo, Cheerleader Massacre, Sex Court: The Movie, Erotic Confessions, Hotel Erotica and 34 soft-core B movies) and Kira Reed (Jail Bait, Cheerleader Ninjas, Passion Cove, Amy's Orgasm, Sex Files: Alien Erotica II, Secrets of a Chambermaid, Carnal Fate, American Virgin, 58 soft-core skin flicks, writer/producer of 14 epiodes of Naked Happy Girls and producer/writer/casting director on 11 episodes of 69 Sexy Things 2 Do B4U Die).

Produced by Kandice King (Sunset Heat, BitterSweet, Night Eyes, Rough Draft, The Platinum Triangle).

Original Music by Stephen Edwards (The Patriot, The Chamomile Lawn, Girls Will Be Girls, Jing Wu Ying Xiong, Feast, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Today You Die, Fifteen and Pregnant, Run for the Money, Bloodsport 2, Children of the Corn: Revelation, Point Blank, Orpheus Descending and 68 other movies and TV projects).

Cinematography by Keith L. Smith (Won Jury Award at Chicago Alt.Film Fest for pURe kILLjoy; also shot The Wash, Love and a Bullet, Sex Monster, Malibooty, Hair Show, Point Blank, Gang Tapes, Fire & Ice, Harlem Aria, three episodes of Beverly Hills Bordello and 32 other movies and TV projects).

Film Editing by David Kern (three major editing award noms for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron, Meet the Robinsons and The Emperor's New Groove; also cut Maniac Cop 1-3, Nemesis, Wicked Stepmother, Spontaneous Combustion, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, Executive Target, Original Gangstas, Relentless, Americana, Tough and Deadly, Hit List and The Sweeper) and Greg Mauer (editing debut; did sound on 168 films, including Happy, Texas).

Production Design by Ladislav Wilheim (Missing in Action, Red Scorpion, Very Mean Men, Invasion U.S.A., Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, Curse of the Starving Class, Hot Resort, Sweating Bullets, Perfect Harmony and Sticks & Stones).

Costume Design by Shawnelle Cherry (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Mortuary, American Gun, Girl Play, Shanghai Kiss, Rings, The Dukes, Heart of the Beholder, Special Ed, Left in Darkness, Wasabi Tuna, Drive In and three episodes of Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side).

Special Effects Coordinator: David Waine (Iron Man, Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible III, Gods and Monsters, Blast From the Past, The Good Girl, Mysterious Skin, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Breast Men, Balls of Fury, Drowning Mona, What Just Happened, The Jane Austen Book Club, Wishmaster, Clay Pigeons, An American Crime, Bitch Slap, three episodes of Knight Rider and 44 other films and TV projects).

Release Data:
It had 2000 video premieres in Iceland, Australia, Poland and Germany. In 2001 it had video premieres in Argentina and the US, as well as a TV debut in Greece. The Hungarian TV premiere was in June 2005.



Links:
Internet Database entry for Luck of the Draw

Luck of the Draw trailer (three formats)

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