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As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals themselves in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Antony ...
Alan York
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Laura Davidson
Michael Williams ...
Sandy Mason
Nina Thomas ...
Penny Brocker
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Lodge
Mark Dignam ...
Clifford Tudor
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Walter
Joseph Blatchley ...
Joe Nantwich
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Bill Davidson
Sean Lynch ...
Sid
Hideo Saito ...
Yuko
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Everest
Mick Dillon ...
Jockey (as Mickey Dillon)
Bill Fraser ...
Uncle George
Frank Gentry ...
Gipsy
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As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals themselves in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies from his injuries. His friend Alan York suspects the animal was doped by unscrupulous bookies and starts to investigate. He doesn't know how serious his opponents are, and that he's in danger to suffer the exact same fate as his friend! Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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31 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At our house we're big fans of Dick Francis novels. "Dead Cert" was this champion jockey's first thriller. I bought this DVD a couple of years ago and we had great expectations. We were hugely disappointed in the way the story was adapted. I am re-reading the novel so I thought it would be fun to try the movie again. Well, it has not improved with age. The only saving grace is you get some idea (or at least Tony Richardson's idea) of what a British racetrack is like. The characters in the movie share some of the same names as the characters in the novel but hardly any of the same traits. There isn't a soul in this movie you would want to know personally (I am talking about the characters not the actors), except perhaps the horses.


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