Pure Luck

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Pure Luck
Pure luck poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Nadia Tass
Produced by Sean Daniel
Conrad Hool
Lance Hool
Francis Veber
Written by Francis Veber
Herschel Weingrod
Timothy Harris
Starring Martin Short
Danny Glover
Sheila Kelly
Scott Wilson
Harry Shearer
Music by Jonathan Sheffer
Cinematography David Parker
Edited by Billy Weber
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
  • August 9, 1991 (1991-08-09)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $24.9 million

Pure Luck is a 1991 American comedy film starring Martin Short and Danny Glover. It is remake of the popular French comedy film La Chèvre (1981).


The daughter of a wealthy businessman has disappeared in Mexico, and all the efforts to find her have been unsuccessful. A psychologist (Harry Shearer), knowing that the girl has ultra bad luck, persuades her father (Sam Wanamaker) to send one of his employees (Martin Short), an accountant with super bad luck, to find her. Perhaps he will be lucky, and his bad luck could help to find the unlucky girl.



In 1998, director Nadia Tass reported she was still receiving residuals from the film because of its success in America.

It was successful in a financial sense but not in a satisfying sense. It was congenial doing a Martin Short comedy, but American comedy is different from Australian comedy. It is broader. American audiences enjoyed Pure Luck, but audiences in other countries did not enjoy it so much with the exception of the Germans. I wanted to do something else with the comedy and so did Danny Glover. I would like to have put a lot more pathos and pain into it. But they wanted a comedy for America.[1]

The cartoon series Hey Arnold! had a character, Eugene Horowitz, who is also a jinx and was likely based on Eugene Proctor from the film.


  • Source: Leonard Maltin's 2000 Movie & Video Guide

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