Lotto Land


1h 27m 1994

Brief Synopsis

Hanks Stokes, a young African-American man from Brooklyn, graduates from high school to a job stocking shelves in a liquor store. Most of his friends, however, have graduated to the instant financial gratification of petty drug dealing. Hank yearns to escape his neighborhood and spends his entire sa

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Romance
Release Date
1994

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

Hanks Stokes, a young African-American man from Brooklyn, graduates from high school to a job stocking shelves in a liquor store. Most of his friends, however, have graduated to the instant financial gratification of petty drug dealing. Hank yearns to escape his neighborhood and spends his entire savings on lottery tickets hoping to win the $27 Million Dollar Jackpot. His dad, Milt, doesn't set much of an example--working a brain-numbing job at the phone company and soothing the ache of a ruined marriage and a dead-end career as a musician with his constant companion--a bottle of whiskey. Hank seeks his comfort through Joy, his Latina girlfriend, who has her eyes set on the future. As their romance grows--another begins. Hank's father and Florence, Joy's adoptive mother, struggle to deal with their rapidly changing children. In doing so, they find themselves seeing each other in new ways. Their relationship is warm, cautious, and based on the surprise of mutual respect.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Romance
Release Date
1994

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Awarded the Societe des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques screenwriting award at the 1995 Avignon Franco-American Workshop.

Limited Release in United States September 22, 1995

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States April 19, 1996

Released in United States Fall September 22, 1995

Released in United States March 1995

Released in United States on Video August 6, 1996

Released in United States September 1994

Shown at Contemporary African Diaspora Film Festival November 28 - December 14, 1997.

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 18-26, 1994.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 1995.

Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 1995.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Contemporary African Diaspora Film Festival November 28 - December 14, 1997.)

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.)

Released in United States April 19, 1996 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video August 6, 1996

Feature directorial debut for John Rubino.

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 18-26, 1994.)

Limited Release in United States September 22, 1995

Released in United States Fall September 22, 1995