Finder's Fee

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Finder's Fee
Finder's Fee.jpg
Finder's Fee DVD cover
Directed byJeff Probst
Produced byBrad Van Arragon
Katy Wallin
Shawn Williamson
Written byJeff Probst
Story byJim Gulian
StarringErik Palladino
James Earl Jones
Ryan Reynolds
Dash Mihok
Matthew Lillard
Robert Forster
Music byRob King
B. C. Smith
CinematographyFrancis Kenny
Edited byBrian Berdan
Distributed byLions Gate Entertainment
Silverline Pictures
Release date
  • June 16, 2001 (2001-06-16) (Seattle)
  • October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

Finder's Fee is a 2001 American film directed by Jeff Probst from his original screenplay.


The film takes place over the course of a single evening. Tepper, played by Erik Palladino, finds a wallet on his way home from work. He contacts the owner of the wallet by telephone, and then later discovers that the wallet contains the winning ticket in a $6 million lottery.

Complications arise when Tepper's friends come over for their regular poker night. One of the conditions of the game is that everyone purchase a ticket for the lottery, to be thrown into the pot. The game is played as a freezeout, with the winner collecting all the tickets and any prizes they may be worth. When the owner of the wallet, played by James Earl Jones, arrives, he realizes that the winning ticket is in the pot, and stays to play in the game.


Actor Role
Ryan Reynolds Quigley
Erik Palladino Tepper
Matthew Lillard Fishman
Dash Mihok Bolan
James Earl Jones Avery Phillips
Carly Pope Carla
Frances Bay Mrs. Darmsetter
Robert Forster Officer Campbell


The film received generally positive reviews from critics. The film holds a 60% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 60% based on reviews from 5 critics.[1]


Finder's Fee won the Golden Space Needle Award, given to the audience's choice for Best Picture at the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival.[2]

Jeff Probst won the Best Screenplay (Feature Film) at the 2001 Method Fest Independent Film Festival.

James Earl Jones won Best Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie at the 2003 DVDX Awards.


  1. ^ "Finder's Fee (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ Goodridge, Mike (June 18, 2001). "Finder's Fee wins top audience prize at Seattle". Screen. Retrieved 23 May 2019.

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