Pure Luck (1991)

PG | 96 mins | Comedy, Adventure | 9 August 1991

Director:

Nadia Tass

Producers:

Lance Hool, Sean Daniel

Cinematographer:

David Parker

Editor:

Billy Weber

Production Designer:

Peter Wooley

Production Company:

Sean Daniel Company
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HISTORY

The 19 Feb 1991 HR reported that two weeks of location filming were scheduled for Vancouver, Canada. Earlier that month, Canadian filmmaker Robert Buckham arranged work permits through the Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople (ACFC). The organization submitted a budget estimate for the cost of the Vancouver shoot to the British Columbia Joint Council, which was comprised of the British Columbia Film Commission, the Directors Guild of Canada, The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and local chapters of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Although the council was formed as a service to U.S. film producers, the technicians unions complained that it restricted producers’ hiring choices by excluding certain unions from consideration. Producer Lance Hool of Silver Lion Films informed Buckham that the council had disparaged Silver Lion’s reputation, although council members denied the allegation. The council also attempted to dissuade Hool from examining the ACFC budget, even though it was reportedly twenty-five to forty percent lower than the proposed IATSE budget. Silver Lion acquired the $17 million project in a “negative pick-up deal” with Universal Pictures. Five weeks later, the 27 Mar 1991 DV announced Univeral’s acquisition of worldwide rights. A summer release was planned.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, principal photography took place in Acapulco, Mexico, and included such locations as the Juan N. Alvarez International Airport, Hotel Caleta, Hotel Cantamar, the Flamingos Hotel, Barra Vieja, Pie de la Cuesta, Playa Hornos, and Playa Copacabana. Mexican cast members included Jorge Russek, Jorge Luke, Sergio Calderon, and Rodolfo De Alexandre, all of whom also appeared in ... More Less

The 19 Feb 1991 HR reported that two weeks of location filming were scheduled for Vancouver, Canada. Earlier that month, Canadian filmmaker Robert Buckham arranged work permits through the Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople (ACFC). The organization submitted a budget estimate for the cost of the Vancouver shoot to the British Columbia Joint Council, which was comprised of the British Columbia Film Commission, the Directors Guild of Canada, The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and local chapters of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Although the council was formed as a service to U.S. film producers, the technicians unions complained that it restricted producers’ hiring choices by excluding certain unions from consideration. Producer Lance Hool of Silver Lion Films informed Buckham that the council had disparaged Silver Lion’s reputation, although council members denied the allegation. The council also attempted to dissuade Hool from examining the ACFC budget, even though it was reportedly twenty-five to forty percent lower than the proposed IATSE budget. Silver Lion acquired the $17 million project in a “negative pick-up deal” with Universal Pictures. Five weeks later, the 27 Mar 1991 DV announced Univeral’s acquisition of worldwide rights. A summer release was planned.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, principal photography took place in Acapulco, Mexico, and included such locations as the Juan N. Alvarez International Airport, Hotel Caleta, Hotel Cantamar, the Flamingos Hotel, Barra Vieja, Pie de la Cuesta, Playa Hornos, and Playa Copacabana. Mexican cast members included Jorge Russek, Jorge Luke, Sergio Calderon, and Rodolfo De Alexandre, all of whom also appeared in Le Chevre (1981), the film on which Pure Luck was based. Vancouver locations included the Vancouver International Airport, in a sequence that required 300 background actors.
       Pure Luck opened the week of 9 Aug 1991. Reviews were lukewarm to negative.
       End credits include the following statements: “This film was made by technicians and manual laborers of the motion picture film industry union of the Mexican Republic”; and, “Special thanks to: Yacht 'Dandeana,' Pentax.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Mar 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 1991
Section I, p. 3, 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 1991
p. 5, 18.
Los Angeles Times
9 Aug 1991
Calendar, p. 10.
New York Times
9 Aug 1991
p. 15.
Variety
12 Aug 1991
p. 5.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Universal Pictures Presents
A Sean Daniel Company Production
From Silver Lion Films
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
1st asst dir (Mexico)
2d asst dir (Mexico)
2d asst dir (Mexico)
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
Asst dir, 2d unit
Prod mgr, Canada crew
1st asst dir, Canada crew
2d asst dir, Canada crew
3d asst dir, Canada crew
DGC trainee, Canada crew
DGC trainee, Canada crew
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Steadicam op
Steadicam focus puller
Still photog
Gaffer
Key grip
Dolly grip
Lighting and grip equip by
Cranes and dollies by
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam asst, 2d unit
Cam asst, 2d unit
A cam op match, Canada crew
1st asst cam, Canada crew
2d cam asst, Canada crew
B cam op, Canada crew
1st asst cam, Canada crew
Trainee, Canada crew
Stills photog, Canada crew
Gaffer, Canada crew
Best boy, Canada crew
Lamp op, Canada crew
Lamp op, Canada crew
Genny op, Canada crew
Key grip, Canada crew
Best boy, Canada crew
Dolly op, Canada crew
Grip, Canada crew
Grip, Canada crew
Arriflex® cams supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Storyboard artist
Art dir, Canada crew
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
2d asst dir, Canada crew
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Greensman
Const coord
Const group
Prop master
Mexico prop master
Prop asst
Prop asst
Prop asst
Prop asst
Stand-by painter
Draughstman, Canada crew
Set dec, Canada crew
Asst set dec, Canada crew
On set dresser, Canada crew
Set dresser, Canada crew
Set dresser, Canada crew
Set dresser, Canada crew
Const coord, Canada crew
Const foreman, Canada crew
Carpenter, Canada crew
Carpenter, Canada crew
Carpenter, Canada crew
Carpenter, Canada crew
Carpenter, Canada crew
Head painter, Canada crew
Painter, Canada crew
Props master, Canada crew
Asst props, Canada crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward asst
Ward asst
Ward asst
Cost des, Canada crew
Cost supv, Canada crew
Costumer, Canada crew
MUSIC
Mus score
Main title theme by
Mus rec & mixed by
Mus ed
Synthesizer programming
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cableman
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley walker
Foley walker
Eff rec
Re-rec
ADR mixer
Foley rec
Foley mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer, Canada crew
Boom op, Canada crew
Sd asst, Canada crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff makeup
Digital opt composite
Main title des/Addl opt eff
Supv by
Titles & opticals
Spec eff coord, Canada crew
Spec eff asst, Canada crew
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup asst
Hairstylist
Hairstylist asst
Makeup asst, Canada crew
Hairstylist, Canada crew
Asst hair, Canada crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Unit pub
Prod supv
Prod coord
Asst coord
Asst to Mr. Hool
Asst to Mr. Daniel
Asst to Ms. Tass
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod secy
Prod secy
Prod secy
Loc mgr
Loc coord
Union prod chief
Asst prod chief
Mexican government supv
Mexican government supv
Mexican actors delegate
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Mexico extras coord
Asst extras coord
Transportation asst
Transportation capt
Prod van driver
Casting asst
Mexico casting
Snake wrangler
Snake wrangler
Catering
Loc doctor
Loc doctor
Projectionist
Prod asst, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Prod coord, Canada crew
Asst coord, Canada crew
Prod asst, Canada crew
Loc mgr, Canada crew
Asst loc mgr, Canada crew
Accountant, Canada crew
Accounts clerk, Canada crew
Casting by, Canada crew
Extra casting, Canada crew
Extras casting asst, Canada crew
Scr supv, Canada crew
Pub, Canada crew
Transportation coord, Canada crew
Transportation capt, Canada crew
Transportation co-capt, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Driver, Canada crew
Caterer, Canada crew
First aid/Craft service
Marine coord by
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
Stunt coord, Canada crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the French film Le Chèvre by Francis Veber (Conacite Uno, Fideline Films, Gaumont International, 1981)
AUTHOR
SONGS
“Mariachi Parade,” written and performed by Danny Elfman, courtesy of Warner Bros., Inc.
“Tu Cucu,” written by S. Simien, performed by Tom Kramer and Pat Schunk
End Credit from “Enid Is Sleeping,” written and performed by Craig Safan, courtesy of Vestron Pictures.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 August 1991
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 9 August 1991
Production Date:
began late February 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 December 1991
Copyright Number:
PA547615
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
96
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
Canada, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31269
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon arriving at a hotel in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, chronically unlucky Valerie Highsmith telephones her insurance magnate father to assure him of her safety. The conversation is interrupted as Valerie tumbles over the balcony and lands on the awning above the entrance. During a leisurely stroll through town, Valerie is knocked unconscious during a robbery. She awakens as criminal Frank Grimes attempts to removes her jewelry. When Valerie reveals that she has lost her memory, Frank takes her to Acapulco, Mexico, hoping to determine her identity and collect a ransom. Four weeks later, after Mr. Highsmith has lost hope of recovering his daughter, psychologist Dr. Julius Monosoff proposes a solution. He explains that people who suffer from “coincident misfortune syndrome” follow similar behavioral patterns, and recommends company accountant Eugene Proctor, Valerie’s male counterpart, as the ideal person to locate her. In desperation, Highsmith accepts the proposition, and teams Eugene with private investigator Raymond Campanella. Although Raymond is leading the search, Monosoff convinces Eugene that he is in charge, certain that the latter’s instinct for disaster will guide them to Valerie. As they embark on their journey, Raymond is both exasperated and amazed as Eugene cheerfully endures a head injury, threats from strangers, the loss of his wallet, and damage to his luggage. In Mexico, Eugene is admitted to the airport infirmary, where he learns that another American was admitted weeks earlier after walking into a door. Raymond produces a photograph of Valerie, and the nurse identifies her as the patient. After checking in to their hotel, Raymond discusses possible scenarios for Valerie’s disappearance, while Eugene is distracted ... +


Upon arriving at a hotel in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, chronically unlucky Valerie Highsmith telephones her insurance magnate father to assure him of her safety. The conversation is interrupted as Valerie tumbles over the balcony and lands on the awning above the entrance. During a leisurely stroll through town, Valerie is knocked unconscious during a robbery. She awakens as criminal Frank Grimes attempts to removes her jewelry. When Valerie reveals that she has lost her memory, Frank takes her to Acapulco, Mexico, hoping to determine her identity and collect a ransom. Four weeks later, after Mr. Highsmith has lost hope of recovering his daughter, psychologist Dr. Julius Monosoff proposes a solution. He explains that people who suffer from “coincident misfortune syndrome” follow similar behavioral patterns, and recommends company accountant Eugene Proctor, Valerie’s male counterpart, as the ideal person to locate her. In desperation, Highsmith accepts the proposition, and teams Eugene with private investigator Raymond Campanella. Although Raymond is leading the search, Monosoff convinces Eugene that he is in charge, certain that the latter’s instinct for disaster will guide them to Valerie. As they embark on their journey, Raymond is both exasperated and amazed as Eugene cheerfully endures a head injury, threats from strangers, the loss of his wallet, and damage to his luggage. In Mexico, Eugene is admitted to the airport infirmary, where he learns that another American was admitted weeks earlier after walking into a door. Raymond produces a photograph of Valerie, and the nurse identifies her as the patient. After checking in to their hotel, Raymond discusses possible scenarios for Valerie’s disappearance, while Eugene is distracted by a flirtatious woman at the bar. The awkward encounter leads to a fistfight with the woman’s boyfriend, and another head injury for Eugene. Later, Police Inspector Segura informs Eugene and Raymond that Valerie was last seen with Frank Grimes, and refers them to a saloon where the criminal’s former girl friend is employed. As they enter the saloon, Eugene accepts a young woman’s invitation to dance, despite Raymond’s warning that she is a thief. Eugene refuses to listen, and is later beaten and robbed by the woman’s accomplices. He and Raymond locate the woman at a gambling club, run by her boyfriend, Fernando, and recover the money. When they discover Frank Grimes among the gamblers, Eugene and Raymond drive him to a secluded area for questioning. He admits to kidnapping Valerie, but claims he turned her over to Fernando after her medical bills exhausted his savings. A passing van, loaded with Fernando’s henchmen, unleashes a barrage of gunfire that kills Frank Grimes and disables the car. As they walk back to town, Raymond saves Eugene from quicksand, after which they are arrested and jailed for no apparent reason. Inspector Segura discovers his officers’ mistake and releases Raymond and Eugene. He informs them that Fernando has been arrested, and admits to sending Valerie to Mexico City, Mexico, as a precaution after Frank Grimes was abducted. However, her plane crashed in the jungle and no survivors were found. Raymond delivers the news to Mr. Highsmith, who believes his daughter is alive, and insists that the investigation continue. Raymond and Eugene fly to the crash site, but their trip is interrupted when Eugene has a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting. During his recovery in a field hospital, Eugene learns from a fellow patient about an American woman who inadvertently burned down an entire village while cooking breakfast. Raymond shows the man a photograph of Valerie and he screams in horror. After visiting the disaster site, Eugene and Raymond drive their Jeep to the edge of a canyon, where Raymond narrowly escapes falling to his death. Infuriated by his partner’s behavior, Raymond tells Eugene that he is merely an assistant, hired because he is plagued by the same terrible luck as Valerie. Eugene clumsily tries to attack Raymond, but runs headlong into the Jeep, pushing it into the canyon, and rendering himself unconscious. Raymond carries Eugene to the road and asks a farmer to drive them to a nearby mission. Eugene awakens in the infirmary and discovers Valerie in the adjacent bed. He takes her by the hand and they walk outside to a small pier on the riverbank. Although Eugene helps Valerie recover her memory, both are oblivious as a section of the pier breaks away and carries them toward a waterfall. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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