History Film / LuckyNumberSlevin

4th Apr '18 9:16:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Slevin carries out his assassination mission with more effectiveness than TheEveryman should, with easily spotting The Fairy's bodyguards and eluding them to get a date with him. That and his ability to communicate with extremely dangerous crime-bosses and withstand intimidation from the police is indicative of some experience with organized crime]].

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[[spoiler:Slevin carries out his assassination mission with more effectiveness than TheEveryman should, with easily spotting The Fairy's bodyguards and eluding them to get a date with him. That and his ability to communicate with extremely dangerous crime-bosses and withstand intimidation from the police is indicative of some experience with organized crime]].



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Lindsay. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Slevin turns out not to be TheEveryMan who needs a "kick" in his boring life]].
** The emphasis on the "manic", as Lindsay is very high energy and excited by the series of events (and seeing Slevin in only a towel). She's fairly grounded otherwise, questioning why Slevin doesn't simply go to the police to solve the problem or coming up with simpler ways of getting out of trouble. Her enthusiasm is directed at helping Slevin, not simply riding the adventure high, and the trope slightly inverted as [[spoiler: Slevin never counted on her presence in his plans. While it doesn't hinder his plans, it does complicate his strategic exit.]]

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Lindsay. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Slevin turns out not to be TheEveryMan who needs a "kick" in his boring life]].
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life]]. The emphasis on the "manic", as Lindsay is very high energy and excited by the series of events (and seeing Slevin in only a towel). She's fairly grounded otherwise, questioning why Slevin doesn't simply go to the police to solve the problem or coming up with simpler ways of getting out of trouble. Her enthusiasm is directed at helping Slevin, not simply riding the adventure high, and the trope slightly inverted as [[spoiler: Slevin never counted on her presence in his plans. While it doesn't hinder his plans, it does complicate his strategic exit.]]



* ShoutOut: An "echo" variation: after ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' gets mentioned, Slevin does a "just one more thing" to The Rabbi. [[spoiler:Film/JamesBond gets mentioned just before Slevin gets the girl, who ends up (apparently) getting killed]]. ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' gets a mention for the plot point of someone getting mistaken for a person [[spoiler:who doesn't exist -- shortly before the film reveals the truth about the protagonist's "real" identity]].

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An "echo" variation: after ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' gets mentioned, Slevin does a "just one more thing" to The Rabbi. [[spoiler:Film/JamesBond gets mentioned just before Slevin gets the girl, who ends up (apparently) getting killed]]. ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' gets a mention for the plot point of someone getting mistaken for a person [[spoiler:who doesn't exist -- shortly before the film reveals the truth about the protagonist's "real" identity]].



* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Although they're actually Nick's debts. Since [[spoiler:the trapping was planned, this can be considered an InvokedTrope]].

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Although they're actually Nick's debts. Since [[spoiler:the trapping was planned, this can be considered an InvokedTrope]].
19th Feb '18 7:38:00 AM zealots
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** [[spoiler:Detective Brikowski, while initially coming across as something of a CowboyCop, is ultimately revealed to be a ''much'' worse person, having been the triggerman who killed Slevin's mother 20 years ago]].
19th Feb '18 7:35:07 AM zealots
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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Slevin has a smart mouth, but he doesn't come off as a particularly dangerous or vengeful presence. [[spoiler:He's actually a cold and controlled hitman who is manipulating everyone else in the cast except for Goodkat (and later Lindsey)]].



* DidntThinkThisThrough: The ''moment'' Max gets the call about a fixed race horse he can't run to the bookie to lay down a giant bet he can't pay fast enough. The bookie even [[TemptingFate warns him]] about the consequences, but Max is convinced he has a sure thing.
* DoomedProtagonist: For all of Max's rich stupidity documented further on down, he doesn't come across as a particularly bad guy, and is actually more likable than most of the other characters in the film. He's not a scheming mobster or a violent thug, he's just a guy tired of raising a family in a hole in the wall, and wants to give his wife and son a better life.



* EnemyCivilWar: Originally the Boss and the Rabbi were allies. Then [[spoiler:the Rabbi tried to have the Boss killed because, well, only one man can be The Boss. The Boss's wife died and he took six bullets to the chest, but he was able to save his son. They've been in self-imposed SealedEvilInACan status ever since]].



* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Max, ironically, thinks of himself as a pretty smart guy who's cleverly found a way out of his poverty. [[spoiler:The only thing he's found a way into is a shallow grave]].



* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Sure, Max, bet on the fixed race horse through less than legal channels. What could possibly go wrong?



* SealedEvilInACan: The Boss and the Rabbi's war is so heated that both crime bosses have sealed themselves inside their respective penthouses and never leave for fear of an assassination. And they've been living like this for ''twenty years''.



* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:The Boss thinks of himself as a MagnificentBastard, when in fact he is this]].



* ThoseTwoBadGuys: There are two sets of them: Elvis and Sloe, the black gangsters; and Saul and the Mute, the Jewish gangsters.

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: There are two sets of them: Elvis and Sloe, the black gangsters; and Saul and the Mute, the Jewish gangsters. [[spoiler:Interestingly enough, all four men meet their ends by Goodkat's hand]].
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Max, who ironically thinks of himself as a smart guy]].


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** [[spoiler:Max is also trapped by a 20,000 debt the moment the horse dies. Unlike Nick, his creditors ''very quickly'' come to collect]].
23rd Jan '18 4:41:01 AM Cryoclaste
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** Mykelti Williams' character has a noticeable physical tic where he constantly has his upper lip raised. In his most famous role -- Bubba in ''ForrestGump'' -- he had a similar tic where his lower lip was constantly extended.

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** Mykelti Williams' character has a noticeable physical tic where he constantly has his upper lip raised. In his most famous role -- Bubba in ''ForrestGump'' ''Film/ForrestGump'' -- he had a similar tic where his lower lip was constantly extended.
7th Oct '17 11:41:19 PM RhetoricalTurtle
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* PlotIncitingInfidelity: Slevin is staying at Nick's place because he walked in on his wife cheating on him. [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope Subverted]] by the fact that it turns out Slevin was lying about this story.]]
7th Oct '17 9:51:14 PM SuperKing93
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''Lucky Number Slevin'' borrows several storytelling techniques from numerous sources, the most notable being [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino]] storytelling (e.g., inconsistent [[InMediasRes ordering]] and [[FlashbackCut cutaways]]) and [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] plots (most notably ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''). The film has become something of a CultClassic [[CriticalDissonance in spite of a cold critical reception]]; it is also the final film to feature Bruce Willis with hair. Oh, and it is the TropeNamer for KansasCityShuffle through one of the songs on its soundtrack.

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''Lucky Number Slevin'' borrows several storytelling techniques from numerous sources, the most notable being [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino]] storytelling (e.g., inconsistent [[InMediasRes ordering]] and [[FlashbackCut cutaways]]) and [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] plots (most notably ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''). The film has become something of a CultClassic [[CriticalDissonance in spite of a cold critical reception]]; it is also the final film to feature Bruce Willis with hair. Oh, and it is the TropeNamer for KansasCityShuffle through one of the songs on its soundtrack.
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18th Jul '17 5:22:57 PM Indori
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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: There are two sets of them: Elvis and Sloe, the black gangsters; and Saul and the Mute, the Jewish gangsters.
25th Mar '17 5:24:34 PM nombretomado
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[[caption-width-right:275: [-BruceWillis [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou is about to shoot both of the guys standing next to you]]! -] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:275: [-BruceWillis [-Creator/BruceWillis [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou is about to shoot both of the guys standing next to you]]! -] ]]
14th Mar '17 6:47:21 PM Caswin
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* DecoyProtagonist: The scene at the airport makes it look a ''lot'' like the protagonist will be Nick Fisher, or, on the outside, Smith. [[spoiler:Smith breaks his neck and then we're introduced to Slevin.]]
14th Mar '17 2:22:58 PM Caswin
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* WorldOfSnark: Also featuring one of the Boss' henchmen who ''tries'' to get in on the game, but... he can't.
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