Winning a large sum of money has likely been a pipe-dream for many of us. The ability to never have to work again, whilst jetting off around the world and driving fancy cars up the driveway to your luxury mansion is, unfortunately, something a lot of us will ever only dream about. Fear not though, as thanks to the magic of Hollywood, over the years we have been treated to a number of films that explore the concept of becoming rich overnight, be it through a gambling win at a Las Vegas casino, winning the lottery or a quiz show. There’s even the possibility of stumbling onto an idea that results in becoming extremely affluent in an instant. Here we take a look at four movies that explored this concept in more depth.
In this classic film Brewster (Richard Pryor) is challenged to spend $30million in 30 days in order to receive $300 million in return, sounds like that wouldn’t be too hard right? Well the on-going hilarity ensues as Brewster must follow a set of rules, including not being able to tell anyone about his situation, ultimately ending in Brewster beginning to look crazy. The story ultimately hinges on Brewster being able to spend all the money he has come into in such a short space of time, which is perhaps something a lot of us could do! You can learn more about winning a real-life jackpot by heading to Mobile Casino Canada
Danny Boyle’s Oscar winner follows Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), a teenage orphan from the slums of Mumbai who is just one question away from winning the jackpot prize on India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” But during a break in the show, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could a Slumdog be able to answer all the questions? We see the story of his life play out, revealing how he came to know the various questions he’s been asked on TV. Will Jamal get to return to the show and finish the game? Will he get the last question right and walk away with the grand prize? And will he ever reunite with his dream girl Latika (Freda Pinto),
It Could Happen To You
A pre-action hero Nic Cage stars as Charlie Lang, a New York City cop, who one day, after not being able to afford a tip at a diner, Charlie makes a promise to waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) to come back the next day with either double the money or half his lottery winnings. When Charlie somehow actually wins the lottery and keeps his promise, he and Yvonne become instant celebrities. Great chemistry between Cage and Fonda, a sweet storyline, and an explosively funny performance by Rosie Perez as Charlie’s money-hungry wife mean that ‘It Could Happen To You’ is a feel-good rom-com with a couple of twists and turns along the way!
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Leonardo Di Caprio’s memorable performance as Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ is actually based on a true story about a down and out stock broker who realises a gap in the law, allowing him to make serious sums of money buying penny stocks on Wall Street. The film highlights the incredible changes the money makes to Jordan’s life – luxury yachts, helicopters and fast cars are all a staple of his incredible lifestyle. While his journey to the top isn’t necessarily legal, it does show how taking a chance could result in you enjoying the finer things in life.