Donor support of Scarecrow Video has helped us become the world’s largest publicly available video library. At 133,000 titles and growing, the Scarecrow collection is in the same league as institutions like The American Film Institute and The UCLA Film and Television Archive and our dedication to preserving these important pieces of our shared cultural history feels more vital than ever. Streaming catalogs continue shrinking, and more and more works can only be experienced through physical media. As long as we’re here, we will continue working diligently to keep them available for future generations of film lovers to enjoy.
by John S.
Cinema Jackpots is a series that reviews films with uncertain origins which ultimately became popular smash hits. Everyone loves a good success story. Join us as we explore how these movies caught lightning in a bottle and triumphed.
THE CONTESTANT: Four Weddings And A Funeral
THE ODDS: The eternally boyish Hugh Grant is so strongly associated with the Comedy genre it’s hard to imagine him ever being in any other kinds of movies. Yet prior to 1994, most of Grant’s body of work was focused mostly on period dramas (Maurice, Impromptu), arty thrillers (Night Train to Venice, Bitter Moon), and one enjoyably bizarro horror flick (The Lair of the White Worm). Yet, in 1993 he was tapped to be the male lead of a relatively low-budget British romantic comedy about a charming perennial bachelor who is forced to re-think his ways when he is dazzled by an enigmatic American temptress.