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On the Right Track (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 6 March 1981 (USA)
Lester is a homeless shoeshine boy living in a railway station. He's got this funny knack for picking the winning horses' names out of the paper while shining shoes. When word gets around, ... See full summary »

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Lester is a homeless shoeshine boy living in a railway station. He's got this funny knack for picking the winning horses' names out of the paper while shining shoes. When word gets around, though, everyone wants a piece of the action. Written by Digger Blue <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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He's small enough to live in a locker! Smart enough to pick the winners. And big enough to beat the system. See more »

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Thief: Sorry, Kid! But my sister needs the money for a nose job!
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Referenced in The King of Comedy (1982) See more »

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Great nostalgia

I've had the pre-recorded video tape for this movie for over 20 years. And it's been about that time frame since I last viewed it. But last night I threw in and watched it.

This is a movie that showed up on cable all the time back around 1982 and 1983. I must have seen this movie 100 times. As a kid I loved it! As an adult... well, I realize how insipid it is. But I still loved it nonetheless.

Gary Coleman stars as an orphan living in Chicago's Union Station - the same place where the famous "baby stroller scene" from "The Untouchables" was filmed. And he has a magical knack for picking horses. Once people find out, they exploit him. Will his friend Jill (the lovely Lisa Eilbacher) come to his rescue? What do you think?

This film is quite nostalgic for me. I was amazed at how many lines of dialogue I could still recite after all these years. If you watched it a lot as a kid, you'll probably still like it today. If you didn't, then maybe you won't. Although I do give it credit. There are a few legitimately funny lines in it.

"Sorry Kid. But my sister needs a nose job."

Great stuff!


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