"Better get some Palmolive leaves to wash away all the bad luck!"
- Bus driver to the five Lucky Stars
"Aside from being healthy, smart, kind-hearted, hardworking, sincere, and honest, I have nothing else in my favor."
- Teapot (Sammo Hung) to Curly's sister (Cherie Chung)
"When I was a kid, I like fighting and bullying others, and I ended up having no friends. So now I treasure friendship more."
- Teapot to Curly's sister
Teapot, Curly, Windpipe, Vaseline, and Ranks are a band of bumbling thieves who try to clean up their act by starting a janitorial service. They run afoul of a pair of gangsters when they find a briefcase containing counterfeit money. Made in response to the popular ACES GO PLACES series, WINNERS AND SINNERS is the opening salvo in a series of seven LUCKY STARS films, though the film is only loosely related to the other six. Directed by Sammo Hung, the film lays down the precedents for the other films: the five Lucky Stars are teamed with one beautiful female (in this case, Cherie Chung) whom they each try to grope and woo; the film then climaxes in a slapstick showdown with cartoonish villains. WINNERS AND SINNERS marks the second time in which Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao--the three "kung-fu-teers"--appear together. Though Chan is not the star, he has an exciting action sequence in which he roller-skates through traffic. Comedic high points include a spirited rendition of Rod Stewart's "Young Turks" and an invisibility gag later mimicked in MYSTERY MEN.
A band of minor thieves tries to go straight by setting up a legitimate janitorial service, but fate strikes when they're charged with cleaning a building overrun by counterfeiters.