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6 September 1974 (Ireland) See more »
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A Well-Made British film... but with one flaw. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Scott Antony ... Alan York

Judi Dench ... Laura Davidson
Michael Williams ... Sandy Mason
Nina Thomas ... Penny Brocker

Julian Glover ... Lodge

Mark Dignam ... Clifford Tudor

John Bindon ... Walter
Joseph Blatchley ... Joe Nantwich

Ian Hogg ... Bill Davidson
Sean Lynch ... Sid
Hideo Saito ... Yuko
Geoffrey Bateman ... Everest
Mick Dillon ... Jockey (as Mickey Dillon)
Bill Fraser ... Uncle George
Frank Gentry ... Gipsy

Willoughby Gray ... Coroner
Nigel Humphreys ... Sergeant
Llewellyn Rees ... Chemist
Dervis Ward ... Albert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vic Armstrong ... Jockey (uncredited)
Joan Crane ... Secretary (uncredited)

Richard Graydon ... Jockey (uncredited)
Bronco McLoughlin ... Jockey (uncredited)
Ian Milton ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Oaksey ... Veterinarian (uncredited)
Tommy Reeves ... Jockey (uncredited)

Annie Ross ... Mrs. Mervyn (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Richardson 
Writing credits
Dick Francis (novel)

Tony Richardson (screenplay) and
John Oaksey (screenplay)

Produced by
André Goulston .... executive producer
Neil Hartley .... producer
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Freddie Cooper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Glen 
Production Design by
David Brockhurst 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joyce Herlihy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Grieve .... assistant director
Art Department
Ron Downing .... stand-by prop
Bruce Vincent .... property master
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Allan Sones .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Ken Bailey .... visual effects: Fireworks
Paul Shave .... visual effects: Fireworks
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Michael Williams (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Reeves .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Ransley .... camera operator
Alan Martin .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marina Drecker .... costumes
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
Other crew
Merrick Francis .... horse master
Robin Gray .... commentator
Joy Helman .... unit publicist
Jane Moscrop .... production secretary
John Oaksey .... technical advisor
Zelda Barron .... continuity (uncredited)

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99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Well-Made British film... but with one flaw., 1 October 2005
Author: Comeuppance Reviews from United States Minor Outlying Islands

"Dead Cert" is a well-made British mystery. The plot is about Alan York (Scott Antony) who is a jockey. When his friend dies after a race, Alan takes it upon himself to figure out what happened. He uncovers corruption in the horse riding industry and the police force.

The next part of the review does contain spoilers!!!

"Dead Cert" has good acting and directing, but the ending is flawed and weird. At the end, Alan and Sandy (Michael Williams) are racing their horses. They're right next each other and Sandy starts whipping Alan with his racing stick. Then Alan, whips back and makes Sandy fall on a sharp railing, and he dies. Alan wins the race but no one ever mentions that Sandy is dead. I thought that hurt the film a lot.

If you can get past the odd ending, it's a decent film.

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