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Let It Ride (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Action | 18 August 1989 (USA)
A nosy cab driver gets a hot tip on a race horse and wins big, but he can't seem to stop gambling. Will he go broke or walk home with a pretty penny?

Director:

Joe Pytka

Writers:

Jay Cronley (book), Nancy Dowd (screenplay) (as Ernest Morton)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Jay Trotter
David Johansen ... Looney
Teri Garr ... Pam
Jennifer Tilly ... Vicki
Allen Garfield ... Greenberg
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Marty (as Ed Walsh)
Richard Edson ... Johnny Casino
David Schramm ... Lufkin
John Roselius ... Reardon
Joseph Walsh ... Vibes
Ralph Seymour ... Sid
Cynthia Nixon ... Evangeline
Richard Dimitri Richard Dimitri ... Tony Cheeseburger
Robert Towers ... Mickey Jax
Michelle Phillips ... Mrs. Davis
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Storyline

An average kind of guy who has a slight problem with gambling goes to the track, and mystically, it seems as though he can't lose, no matter how he bets; and he has an incredible day. Written by Kathy Li

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horse movie | gambling | bet | horse | bar | See All (29) »

Taglines:

He drinks. He smokes. He gambles. He curses. He thinks about committing adultery. You'll love him.

Genres:

Comedy | Action

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let It Ride See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,925,049, 20 August 1989

Gross USA:

$4,973,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,973,285
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Rating the Movies, "the movie was filmed mostly at Florida's Hialeah racetrack". The Hialeah Race Course is located in south Florida and the picture was shot there during the track's off-season. Racing was also conducted at nearby Calder Race Course, and Dreyfuss was spotted on several occasions, presumably researching his role as Trotter. Although this classic track was closed for many years, the facility was reopened in 2009 offering only Quarter Horse racing as opposed to the Thoroughbred Racing that Hialeah traditionally offered. See more »

Goofs

When Trotter makes the big bet on the last race, we see the odds drop from 40-1 to 8-1. A bet that size would have increased the odds on every other entry the moment it was bet, but none of the other numbers change. See more »

Quotes

[Watching toteboard go from 40-1 to 8-1]
Looney: Probably some coke dealer went nuts again.
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Connections

References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Perpetuum Mobile
by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss, Jr.)
Performed by 101 Strings
Courtesy of Alshire International, Inc.
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Don't Let the Critics Deceive You
6 February 2016 | by trent-26321See all my reviews

This film is a light-hearted comedic gem that received a rather unfair series of reviews by "professionals" who seem to be mostly interested only in content if it fits a cookie cutter slate for "Oscar Worthy". This is no Academy Award Winning movie, but it is entertaining, well done, and all around a joy to watch.

The overall premise about an unlucky fellow turning his luck around while still trying to do right by his wife is touching and delivered in a sincere fashion if not a serious one. While Jay Trotter (Richard Dreyfuss) may seem like a shallow, self-obsessed character it becomes evident through his actions and eventual decision to "Let it Ride" that he has a level of complexity to him. In the end it is a story about the underdog getting his due.

If you haven't seen this film and are on the fence I highly recommend you give it a try. The professional reviews about it are mainly the same dry "It won't win an Oscar" crud that you expect from professional reviewers watching a movie that was not meant for Oscar Candidacy anyway. Take it for what it is: a funny film about a man turning his life around with just a little bit of luck and a lot of perseverance.


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