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One Last Ride (2004)

R | | Drama | 5 April 2004 (USA)
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An emotionally gripping look at a man's personal battle to end a self-destructive path of compulsive gambling.

Director:

Tony Vitale

Writer:

Patrick Cupo (as Pat Cupo)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Cupo ... Michael (as Pat Cupo)
Robert Davi ... Father
Chazz Palminteri ... Tweat
Anita Barone ... Gina
Jack Carter ... Sid
Joe Marinelli ... Carmine
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... Charlie Figs
Tracey Walter ... Nicky
Tony Lee ... Richie
Lana Parrilla ... Antoinette
Candice Azzara ... Gina's Mother
Charles Durning ... Mr. Orlick
Josh Hutcherson ... Joey
Annie Abbott ... Aunt Margaret
Ossie Beck ... Waiter (as Ossie Cohen)
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An emotionally gripping look at a man's personal battle to end a self-destructive path of compulsive gambling.

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Plot Keywords:

gambling | See All (1) »

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He's just placed the biggest bet of all... his life.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

5 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aposta Final See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,780
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Lana Parrilla, and her aunt (her mother's sister) Candice Azzara both appear in this film. See more »

Quotes

Tweat: [to Richie] This food is disgusting. What do I pay this cook for? Why did I ever take over this restaurant?
[to Michael]
Tweat: ... I don't know how your father raised you. But where I come from, when you borrow money, you pay it back on time. The only reason why I didn't let Richie rip your legs off the last couple of months is because Fig stood up for you. Otherwise, you'd be walking in here on stumps.
[to Gina]
Tweat: ... I could bounce your husband's check against the wall. Forty-one thousand dollars, plus ...
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Coming to terms with gambling addiction.
29 December 2004 | by thesocietySee all my reviews

The production qualities of this film are obviously tailor made for TV. The hard edges of the descent into the depths of gambling addiction have all been smoothed off. That's not to say the situations and predicaments are unrealistic. There's no brutal violence, but some hard core language. No sex, substance abuse or slimy cohorts either.

All the characters seem like upstanding citizens, including the restaurateur/loan shark. It feels like a New York story that got moved to the mid-west. Jewish and Italian characters throughout. It's a fairly fast-paced film that takes place over the course of less than a week. Very linear, with no sub-plots other than a marriage that crumbles suddenly when the wife discovers how bad his addiction has become.

Maybe the best part is the lack of a fairy-tale ending. No winning the "big one" and paying off debts and starting new. Instead there's a more realistic ending of a promise to never gamble again, and an agreement that separation might be the best thing. For that, it beats almost every Hollywood gambling movie. No getting off scott-free, but not everyone has to die either.

Watchable, and believable, but nothing special. More of a drama than an action film.


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