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Release Date:
6 September 1974 (Ireland) See more »
As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals themselves in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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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In 1970, William Friedkin and his "French Connection" producer, Philip D'antoni announced that they had bought the rights to all the Dick Francis novels but nothing ever went into production under their banner.See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Wretched, 31 March 2007
Author: hhartling from United States

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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