Jackpot (2001 film)

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Directed byMichael Polish
Written byMark Polish
Michael Polish
Produced byMark Polish
Michael Polish
James Egan
Marlise Karlin
Jon Gries
Michael Huens
StarringJon Gries
Garrett Morris
Adam Baldwin
Patrick Bauchau
Crystal Bernard
Mac Davis
Anthony Edwards
Daryl Hannah
Peggy Lipton
Rick Overton
CinematographyM. David Mullen
Edited byShawna Callahan
Music byStuart Matthewman
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • July 27, 2001 (2001-07-27)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Jackpot is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Polish and written by Michael and his brother, Mark Polish. It had a limited release in the United States on July 27, 2001.[1]


Sunny Holiday, an aspiring singer, abandons his wife and young daughter to embark on a tour of karaoke bars in search of the elusive big break that will catapult him to country music stardom. Living out of a pink Chrysler for months, he and his manager meet various strangers along the way, all of whom they inevitably alienate by trying to sell a concentrated household cleaner or committing some other faux pas. Eventually, the frustrations fueled by their many disappointments nearly tear their friendship apart, and they are forced to return to the lives they had left behind.[2]



It was the first feature film shot on 24P HD and released in cinemas on 35mm film, using the Sony CineAlta F900.[3]


As of July 2020, the film holds a 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 55 reviews with an average rating of 4.39/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "A somewhat aimless movie that's too artsy for its own good."[4]


Independent Spirit Awards

  • Won: John Cassavetes Award, Michael Polish (director/producer/writer), Mark Polish (producer/writer) (2002)[5]
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Male, Garrett Morris (2002)[5]

New American Cinema Award

  • Won: Michael Polish


  1. ^ Tatara, Paul (July 27, 2001). "Review: 'Jackpot' has no payoff". CNN. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  2. ^ Polish, Michael (2001-07-27), Jackpot (Drama, Comedy), Polish Brothers Construction, Jackpot Film Productions, Wild at Heart Films, retrieved 2022-05-20
  3. ^ "How George Lucas Pioneered The Use Of Digital Video In Feature Films With The Sony HDW F900". Red Shark. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "Jackpot (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  5. ^ a b 17th Spirit Awards ceremony hosted by John Waters - full show (2002) | Film Independent, retrieved 2022-05-20

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