Dick Francis: Blood Sport (1989)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 October 1989 (USA)
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Cleveland teams with an insurance investigator in the search for a stolen $6 million dollar horse in the Canadian Rockies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Lamberts ...
Walt Prensala
Lloyd Bochner ...
James Culham Offen
Harry Teller
Carolyn Dunn ...
Lynne Teller
Eunice Teller
Matt Clive
Laurie Paton ...
Yola Clive
Peter Teller
Barbara Franklin ...
R.D. Reid ...
Hagstrom Boy
Lawrence King-Phillips ...
Tom Heaton ...


Jockey Club investigator David Cleveland journeys to Canada to apprehend a notorious horse doper and while there is coaxed by his supervisor to help rich horse breeder Harry Teller. Teller has been trying to find Chrysallis, his $6 million dollar stud bay stallion, mistakenly kidnapped by hijackers and presumed dead. Although Cleveland initially resists the case, an attempt on Teller's life convinces him the horse is still alive. Cleveland is intrigued further by Teller's hard-drinking, lonely and curvaceous second wife as well as his nubile blond daughter, both of whom are attracted to him. He teams with an overweight insurance investigator to track down the animal as clues take them to dude ranch in the Canadian Rockies. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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24 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Walt Prensala: The best things in life are free.
David Cleveland: It's been said before.
Walt Prensala: Yeah, by people with no money.
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Not as good as the book
18 April 2004 | by (Pacific Beach, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

I love Dick Francis novels, so I was glad to see them coming out in movies, until I saw the movies. (I've seen Blood Sport and In the Frame) I think the movies have lost the depth and uniqueness of the novels. Part of the problem is that they wanted to keep the same character in multiple stories, so they needed a more generic character. I think also, they were trying to make something that would fit into the television time frame, so they had to simplify. Unfortunately, when they simplified, they tossed out important characters that helped make the stories great. And changing the location of In the Frame from Australia to Germany didn't help either. I would not recommend the movies. Read the books instead.

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