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The Longshot (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  17 January 1986 (USA)
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Four losers borrow money from gangsters to bet on a "sure thing", but lose. The gangsters go after them to get their money.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Trumbull ...
Track Cop
Pat Li ...
Garry Goodrow ...
Dave Johnson ...
Track Announcer
Radio Announcer
Benny Baker ...
Mr. Hooper
Yvonne Del Walker ...
Mrs. Hooper
Ernie Anderson ...
Old Man
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Four losers borrow money from gangsters to bet on a "sure thing", but lose. The gangsters go after them to get their money.

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$1,096,843 (USA)

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Rappin' On Down The Track
(Theme from "The Longshot")
Lyrics by Tim Conway
Music by Charles Fox
Performed by Ice-T and Tim Conway
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Lame comedy
14 January 2014 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

It appears that the major Hollywood studio that backed this so-called comedy didn't give it much of a promotional or distribution push. Watching the movie, it doesn't take long to figure out why the studio heads got nervous. "The Longshot" is an unbelievably lame comedy. Most of the fault has to go to Tim Conway, who wrote the not ready to be filmed screenplay. There is barely a story here, and the movie frequently comes to a complete stop for minutes on end to try and deliver humor. That wouldn't be bad if the humor was actually funny, but for the most part it isn't. In fact, I only laughed once, at a sight gag involving Tim Conway dressed only in his underclothes. Conway and the rest of the cast have shown talent elsewhere, but they simply can't do anything with this screenplay and the dull direction by Paul Bartel. However, if you've ever wanted to hear Tim Conway do an old school style rap number with Ice-T, this movie will give you your chance.

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