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The Raffle (movie post)





Frank Palmer (Bobby Dawson), professional dreamer, convinces best friend publicist David Lake (Nicholas Lea) that they can become millionaires by selling raffle tickets - the prize being a date with the world's most beautiful woman. The plan goes unexpectedly well, but they have yet to find the woman. They are helped by Margo Miller, David’s ex-colleague, who’s secretly in love with him while he doesn’t realize she’s the woman of his life.

Callum is listed at the 17th place in the credits (as Callum Rennie). He appears for 8 seconds mid-way through the film, as the set director for an interview of the two main characters. He’s seen from behind, and his part consists in counting "5..4..3..2" for the start of the interview. The light focuses on the interviewer so that even his back’s hardly recognizable. In fact, his shadow is more recognizable than the back of his head...



The IMDB page: The Raffle aka Jackpot (1994)

Gavin Wilding directed and produced this low-budget Canadian film; other movies he directed are thrillers and not well rated. The scenario was by John Fairley who wrote the script for Convergence, also directed by Gavin Wilding - and nothing else.

Jennifer Clement plays Margo Miller, the romantic heroine. She’s sweet and quirky, but there’s nothing much she can do against a very poor scenario. She was Aunt Zoë alongside Callum as Uncle Johnny in the delicious kid TV series My Life as a Dog (1995-1996) and is mentioned in Suspicious River credits ("many thanks").

Babz Chula (credited as Babs) is Jacki Brooks or just ‘Brooks’, the no-nonsense boss of the advertising agency where Margo and David work. Babz is a long time friend of Callum, both living together for nearly two years in his dark period. In addition to The Raffle, they played alongside in Mike Hoolboom’s Valentine's Day (also in 1994) and in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) where Babz had a small role.

Nicholas Lea (starring as David Lake) later took the part of Alex Krycek in The X Files series after Callum turned it down. He was also in Shattered aka Butterfly on a Wheel (2007) as Jerry Crane. And in Men in Trees where he shared a scene with Callum. Kind of.

All of them had been involved in the same Vancouver theater scene where Callum took acting classes at the Bruhanski Theatre Studio. Alex Bruhanski is featured here as Erney Pratt, the sadistic tax collector.

Estelle Coppens (Rhonda Simmons, TV anchor) is listed in two films only: The Raffle and Double Happiness (Lead Woman in Scene with Jade).

Not C6D but worth mentioning, Mark Hamill (Bernard Wallace, the shy dog breader and lucky prize-winner) used to be Star Wars' Luke Skywalker ten years before.

C6D being the only interesting quality of this movie apart from Callum’s flash appearance, here are snapshots of the actors mentioned above:





Cast / Characters:

Nicholas Lea
Bobby Dawson
Jennifer Clement
Mark Hamill
Jay Underwood
Teri Lynn Rutherford
Alex Bruhanski
Babs Chula
...
Callum Rennie

David Lake
Frank Palmer
Margo Miller
Bernard Wallace
Wilson Lowe
Anya Monroe
Erney Pratt
Jacki Brooks
...
Floor Director



Year: 1994

Runtime: 100’

Country: Canada

IMDB rating: 4.2/10 (95 votes)

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance

Keywords: Raffle / Beautiful Woman / Female Nudity / Female Frontal Nudity / Close Up Scene / Vagina / Independent Film

Filmed in Vancouver



Five user comments: three users found this movie definitively bad, two are ecstatic (as are Amazon customers reviews) – the latter written by fans of Nick Lea, thrilled by the fact he had the leading role: It's my favorite gift to either Nick Lea fans or people to whom I'm hoping to introduce some of the actor's other roles.

One example:

Beyond Bad,

The Raffle is one god-awful film. It's fascinating to watch, though. Simply because you can't believe anyone would make a movie like this.

It's about two dishwater-dull guys who want to make some money putting on a contest to find the most beautiful woman in the world. The plot has potential for comedy laced with some smut - it fails miserably on both counts.

One thing that is highly irritating throughout the film is that the actors are always laughing or have big smiles on their faces when there is nothing funny going on. I'm not sure if that's because they realize how stupid the film is or because the director is trying to use them as a moving laugh track. If a laugh track is the case, then it doesn't work.

If you're in the mood for viewing some T & A, steer clear of this gem. There is precious little of it. Considering the quality of the picture, you'd think they'd pepper it with female flesh.

The screenplay seems like it was dubbed to fit the mouth movements of the actors instead of suiting the film.

The cheese in this film is constant. There is scarcely a moment that I wasn't close to yakking.

Mark Hammill has a small part in this debacle. Fortunately, I heard he cashed in on the recent Star Wars films, so he probably won't have to be part of a project like this again.

If you are feeling masochistic or want to show film students how not to make a movie, check this one out.


You can find all the comments here.



Callum Quotient: Infinitesimal (8 seconds). That would be like 0.14%...



Pictures:




(teaser picture from the now defunct CallumKeithRrennie.net site)



Quotes:

  • Floor director, doing the countdown to commercial : 5..4..3..2

  • Frank: I don’t have the same relationship with women as you do.
    David: I know, you’ve always been good at talking to women.
    Frank: I never did them anything else.

  • Margo to David, after he convinced her at the last minute not to take her flight to Toronto: You could invite me somewhere, but not too classy. My clothes just took off.




Trivia:

  • The R-rated version is interspersed with a series of musical montages of naked models shots having little to do with the plot (see keyword: vagina).



Interesting scenes:

  • Brooks treating Margo to chop suey while she fires her

  • Margo vamping the night janitor to distract him while David and Frank sidle in the advertising agency

  • Floor director, doing the countdown to commercial




Do I want to show this to my parents / friends / co-workers?
Poll #1455409 The Raffle

Overall rating

Bad
0(0.0%)
Lousy
0(0.0%)
Wretched
1(25.0%)
Rotten
2(50.0%)
Worse
0(0.0%)

Violence

It says romance, not violence
0(0.0%)
No Animals Were Harmed During the Making of This Movie, just the actors’ reputation
1(25.0%)
Sexism is violence
1(25.0%)
It would take away the beauty of it all if the violence level was toned down
0(0.0%)
It might initiate violent impulses towards the director
1(25.0%)

Humor

Uproarious
0(0.0%)
Witty
0(0.0%)
None
0(0.0%)
Sad
0(0.0%)
Tragic
4(100.0%)

Sexual content

The R-rated version can be found through illicit channels only
1(25.0%)
Heavy porn
0(0.0%)
T & A anybody?
1(25.0%)
For repressed horny teenagers maybe
1(25.0%)
Recommended for convents and kindergartens
0(0.0%)

Sexual violence

Again: romance, no violence, sexual or other
0(0.0%)
Imposing those near-porn clips to the innocent viewer is violent
2(50.0%)
David nearly getting raped by the Swedish chick does count
0(0.0%)
Innocent dog-breeder Luke Skywalker and his dogs? Yuk-yuk!
1(25.0%)
David and Frank getting raped by all the 500 angry girls at the end is unbearable
0(0.0%)




Floor Director
Poll #1455410 Callum as Floor Director

Character

George regularly saves the day on TV sets
0(0.0%)
Everybody loves Raymond
0(0.0%)
Henry’s here to do his job, that’s all
2(50.0%)
They say that when he leaves work, Donny is not someone to hang with
0(0.0%)
Performing these hand signals? John’s actually counting his next victims
1(25.0%)

How many people does he kill?

Five
0(0.0%)
Four
0(0.0%)
Three
0(0.0%)
Two
0(0.0%)
Zero
4(100.0%)

Craziness

He’s gotten good at coordinating hand gestures and counting
0(0.0%)
Just sometimes he happens to mix them
0(0.0%)
And gets a little crazy
0(0.0%)
Sometimes more than a little crazy
0(0.0%)
Not ever being allowed to say ONE! will be the death of his sanity
1(25.0%)

Hotness

Nape! fingers! ears! *swoons*
0(0.0%)
That shadow’s the sexiest shadow, ever
0(0.0%)
He probably is, when he turns around
0(0.0%)
If I could only listen to his voice, maybe?
0(0.0%)
Hot? Sure! But where is he?
1(25.0%)

Queerness

Absolute: the hand signals he uses are a well-known code in exclusive homosexual groups
1(25.0%)
Working with dollified female TV anchors all day long, no way he’s straight!
0(0.0%)
Well, he does bend at the end, doesn’t he?
1(25.0%)
Depends on the people he directs, he’s not picky
1(25.0%)
No way
0(0.0%)




Does he die?
You really want to know? Are you sure? Really sure? Well, then. (highlight to read)

::Not that we know of::




Articles/interviews

Not that many to say the least. The Raffle Is listed but not rated or reviewed at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s one review– although it’s more like a summary:

How much would a man pay to go out with the prettiest woman on Earth? Two guys think they have a pretty good idea in this comedy. David Lake (Nicholas Lea) and Frank Palmer (Bobby Dawson) are two less-than-scrupulous entrepreneurs who are looking for a way to make a fortune the fast and easy way. One day, Frank comes up with a promising idea -- sponsoring a nationwide raffle in which the winner gets to go on a date with the world's most beautiful woman. David agrees that the idea has potential, and soon David and Frank print up 500,000 tickets selling for ten dollars each. The five million income will pay for an upscale dream date and leave enough left over to make David and Frank multimillionaires. Tickets sell like hotcakes, but now Frank and David have to find the world's most beautiful woman, and persuade her to go out with a perfect stranger who's paid ten bucks for the privilege. Finding the right woman proves to be an uphill battle, and it doesn't help when David finds himself falling in love with Margot (Jennifer Clement), a woman working in David and Frank's office who is just a bit offended that she hasn't been considered for the competition. The Raffle also stars Mark Hamill and Jay Underwood. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

From here.




Links

The trailer is available here (features Jennifer Clement, Nicholas Lea, Babz Chula and Mark Hamill): watch it, you’ll get the movie in a nutshell.

An excerpt featuring Callum is here.

There is a, um, Raffle page on a site dedicated to Nick Lea, here.

A useful guide to floor director’s hand signals.




Availability

Used VHS copies are available through Amazon.
French-dubbed DVD can be found here.




Final thoughts

The Raffle is clearly not a good movie. I watched it knowing what I’d get (again, just watch the trailer). Still. It’s even worse than expected. The plot is cheesy in the extreme, it’s badly directed and the main actors have to deal with an inconsistent characterization while the supporting actors are plain caricatures.

The addition of incongruous nude or next to naked chicks is mind boggling. They’re supposed to be shots of the girls competing for the title of the most beautiful woman in the world but they’re just slapped on the other scenes with no pretense at continuity. Probably meant so that Mr Brown can enjoy his porn without arousing Mrs Brown’s suspicion. And the PG version is still available for an innocent audience. Maybe a way for the producers to cash in on their $2 million budget?
Another surrealistic moment is the last scene between David and Frank: is Frank disclosing his homosexuality to David? Again, it comes out of nowhere, no consistance with the plot – makes you wonder if you’ve changed channel or something.

Value? None apart from C6D. Also, we learn that Callum can count from five to two (although I wouldn’t mind if anyone’d got his part with the original soundtrack). Watching this, you understand Callum’s career could have been much, much worse. It’s the kind of movie an actor is lucky not to star in and to just play instead a floor director for 8 seconds, turning their back on the camera.

Gratuitous sociologic observation: fifteen years ago, people still smoked a lot in movies.



ETA: Nicholas Lea's part in Men in Trees

Comments

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c_regalis
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
HEE! EIGHT screencaps! <3

Okay, reading the post now.
neu111
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Um, EIGHT seconds?
c_regalis
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! You are absolutely right! ♥

Edited at 2009-09-09 08:51 pm (UTC)
surya74
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, you really managed to make something out ouf this. I especially liked your polls (the killings *g*) and the guide to floor director's hand signals.

Also, I guess you are very brave for actually watching the movie. \n/ A few seconds of Callum ears and fingers might not be compensational for this.
neu111
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

A few seconds of Callum ears and fingers might not be compensational for this.
And shadow! don't forget the shadow!
And if you watch it in slowmo, it's longer!
bluebelle789
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. He is unrecognisable. His hair is so... dark. *g* (his fingers do kind of give him away, though. Hee!)

You are very brave taking this post on for 8 seconds of Callum. ♥
c_regalis
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
his fingers do kind of give him away, though. Hee!

And his shadow! *g*
neu111
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
His hair is so... dark.
That is rather disconcerting, yes. A good thing we have fingers. And ears! And shadow!

You are very brave taking this post on for 8 seconds of Callum.
That wasn't the hard part, believe me!

&hearts
c_regalis
Sep. 9th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Neu! I. Love. This. Post. Like, a LOT. You made a post out of NOTHING, and it's awesome.

(Nicholas Lea was also in Men in Trees. He even had a scene with Callum in that one. Kind of.)

Okay, why has this movie as one of the keywords Vagina, O.O? *baffled*

Wow, 4.2 rating. That's close to CN:TC. Impressive.

One thing that is highly irritating throughout the film is that the actors are always laughing or have big smiles on their faces when there is nothing funny going on...
Considering the quality of the picture, you'd think they'd pepper it with female flesh...
If you are feeling masochistic or want to show film students how not to make a movie, check this one out.

Hee! VERY ANNOYED user comments. *cackles*

That would be like 0.14%...
Aww.

Floor director, doing the countdown to commercial : 5..4..3..2
*hearts you a LOT*

Your polls options are AWESOME. Do I see some prejudice here? *fills out, basing votes on the trailer*
Ookay, what's that with Mark Hamill and his dogs? Do I want to know?

MORE poll awesomeness with Henry, Raymond, George, Donny and John!

A useful guide to floor director’s hand signals.
You really have thought of everything, haven't you. *g* Nice Nick Lea Raffle page too!

It’s the kind of movie an actor is lucky not to star in and to just play instead a floor director for 8 seconds, turning their back on the camera.
*hearts MORE*
neu111
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you loved it! I must admit it was kind of a challenge so I do appreciate your enthusiastic comments!

(Nicholas Lea was also in Men in Trees. He even had a scene with Callum in that one. Kind of.)
Edited. Eric, um? Guess I wasn't paying attention. To tell the truth, I didn't pay attention at all except for Callum's part. I found it - boring. Okay, another one to re-watch *sighs*


Okay, why has this movie as one of the keywords Vagina, O.O?
Possibly the only thing you don't see in the trailer - apart from Callum's crucial appearance of course - is the Vagina. If I were more brave, I'd watch again to make you some screenshots, but. No. From what I remember, it looked more like naked pussy to me. Also, I think there were more bikini-clad bimbos than naked ones.

Wow, 4.2 rating. That's close to CN:TC. Impressive.
Told you. It's lots worse. Rating's above 1 thanks to Nicholas Lea's fans only (who'd probably watch anything :D).

VERY ANNOYED user comments. *cackles*
Well, I knew why I watched it. Can feel their pain! I also liked this bit: if you want to see boatloads of female nudity, you might as well watch a Playboy video than this tripe. And I sympathize with this one : I can't believe I spent my time writing a review of a movie barely worth watching. *g*

Your polls options are AWESOME. Do I see some prejudice here?
Thank you! Thought at first I'd have to skip them, at least the floor director's. So I'm really glad you liked!
Prejudice? I thought I was being very neutral! And for someone who hasn't watched the movie, your results are impressive!

Ookay, what's that with Mark Hamill and his dogs? Do I want to know?
That was just me being mean. He really is an innocent dog-breeder.

MORE poll awesomeness with Henry, Raymond, George, Donny and John!
After writing John's line, I wondered if it was an unconscious trick, re: Wakefield!

♥ ♥ ♥
c_regalis
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I only watched Callum's parts too! It's just, I skipped through the file to get to them, and there he was Nick Lea. *g*

From what I remember, it looked more like naked pussy to me. Also, I think there were more bikini-clad bimbos than naked ones.
Wow. I am so never going to watch this movie. Ever. Which also suddenly reminds me of Twitch City. ...And then any shit job that we could find: courier, waiter, Canadian actor. Well, it wasn't long before they turned against us...ironic, isn't it?"
<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

thanks to Nicholas Lea's fans only (who'd probably watch anything :D).
Thank god we can't relate to that. Ahem.

I can't believe I spent my time writing a review of a movie barely worth watching.
HEE! *hearts*

an unconscious trick, re: Wakefield!
Well, you did leave out Norman, at least. *g*
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I only watched Callum's parts too!
This will never stop being funny *is silly*

The Twitch City quote is perfectly appropriate :D I just hope the actors were better paid than for courier or waiter jobs!

Thank god we can't relate to that. Ahem.
Yes, it's a very sad thing indeed *nods*

cazzasaurus
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! Can you imagine the audition for that? "Okay, turn around and count from five. ....You're hired!" Totally his shadow that makes him recognisable XD
neu111
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Probably the shadow was an important part in the audition!
roadrunner1896
Sep. 9th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hehe.

So I guess I don't miss out not knowing this?

I am impressed what you made out of the little you had to work with.
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Well now you know without having to watch. I guess you win!

Thanks! nothingness inspires me?
roadrunner1896
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I love winning! \r/
akite
Sep. 9th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I loved this! Thank you! The poll was the best part, I swear. Hee!
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! and thanks for taking the polls! to be accurate, I have to say that the R-rated version can be found through completely licit channels (but it shouldn't! upon reflection, neither the other version)
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neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
That we do!

Also, your icon combined to your chair's fate nearly were the death of mine :D
akamine_chan
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
*giggles*
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
I saw that you were still giggling in the weekly, that makes me happy! <3
tyrella_2008
Sep. 10th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Hot? Sure! But where is he?

Love this. LOL

I'm really not interested in watching this movie despite these certain tempting eight seconds but I totally enjoyed your post. Thanks.
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Well, if you watch the trailer AND these eight seconds, you can consider you've watched it :)

CKR as a jedi chef O_o *hides*
china_shop
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
HEEEEEE! Best polls ever!
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
And see, this is a movie that you can watch?
scriggle
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
This post is totally made of win! And I fully admit to filling out the polls without watching the clip because how could I not fill out such awesomeness.

Even I, die-hard CKR completist that I am, do not own this. *g*
neu111
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! <3
And thanks for taking the polls! The good thing in the polls is that in this case, nobody can lose, we're free to imagine the floor director as we want him to be! Nobody voted for Donny or Raymond though *sad*

You know that you could buy a used VHS copy for $0.99? *helpful*

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