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The Lottery (1969)

An adaptation of Shirley Jackson's short story of the same name, "The Lottery" tells the story of a shocking annual tradition in a small village.

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Larry Yust

Writers:

Shirley Jackson (story), Larry Yust
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olive Dunbar ... Tessie Hutchinson
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Joe Summers (as William Benedict)
William Fawcett ... Old Man Warner
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Bill Hutchinson
Ed Begley Jr. ... Jack Watson
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Mr. Graves
Donna Bowen Donna Bowen
Blanche Bronte Blanche Bronte ... Mrs. Delacroix
Alan Brown Alan Brown ... Mr. Delacroix
Nancy Hale ... Mrs. Adams
Susan Healy Susan Healy
Gavin Jones Gavin Jones
Mavonwe Jones Mavonwe Jones
Dorothy Konrad Dorothy Konrad ... Janie Dunbar
Richard Kozloski Richard Kozloski ... Steve Adams
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An adaptation of Shirley Jackson's short story of the same name, "The Lottery" tells the story of a shocking annual tradition in a small village.

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Short | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lottery See more »

Filming Locations:

Fellows, California, USA

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Color
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Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's "Short Story Showcase" series, this movie has been ranked by the Academic Film Archive "as one of the two bestselling educational films ever". It has an accompanying ten-minute commentary film, "Discussion of 'The Lottery'" by USC English professor Dr. James Durbin. See more »

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Version of The Lottery (1996) See more »

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a haunting adaptation of an already-haunting short story
2 June 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Shirley Jackson's notorious horror classic "The Lottery" is among the most famous and iconic works in all of 20th century American literature, and this brief adaptation nails the story's disturbing and tense mood. The cinematic platform adds quite a bit to the story's overall horror, and this version takes full advantage of this. It is not gory in any way, and instead it provokes horror from an unsettling and gritty atmosphere in the vein of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre". The soundtrack and design remain uneasy, the characters are mundane yet there is obviously something off about them, and every shot does not at all looked planned out, instead it feels as if it were filmed by some random spectator capturing the action. The atmosphere is that of a cinema verite style documentary film thanks to the unorganized structure of shots, uneasy camera-work, gritty cinematography, and highly natural, realistic setting.


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