Monday, April 18, 2011

1985 Disney Channel Premiere Film: Lots of Luck

Released February 3, 1985

Lot$ of Luck

How lucky can you get? That's exactly what Frank and Julie Maris are asking when mother/housewife/hairdresser Julie brings home a winning, million dollar lottery ticket. And that's just the beginning of an incredible string of fortune! The family quickly discovers that their Midas touch has its price- annoying fortune seekers, distant relatives, and the tax man are all jockeying for a piece of the action.

The suburban, blue-collar couple is happily residing with their three kids, Cindy, David and Trish, and Julie’s mother, Lucille.  Things could be better as money is tight: Julie works hard as a hairdresser and Frank, a mechanic, dreams of opening his own auto-repair shop with best buddy A.J. 

Things soon change when Julie wins the state lottery and then they keep on winning other things, such as a new car and a vacation.  The Marises spend, spend, spend and then the day of reckoning comes when they find that they have failed to pay their taxes on the winnings.  They see a way of getting out of this new debt and, maybe, get enough to open the auto shop if Julie can win a special auto derby in her ancient VW Bug with modifications by Frank & A.J., and computer guidance from her young son David.  Let’s just say that slow and steady just may win the race!


Julie Maris

Frank Maris

A.J. Foley


Jessie Foley

Cindy Maris

David Maris

Trish Maris




Directed by: Peter Baldwin
Written by: Deborah Cavanaugh, Eric Loeb

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