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Dick Francis: Blood Sport (1989)

Cleveland teams with an insurance investigator in the search for a stolen $6 million dollar horse in the Canadian Rockies.

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Harry Teller
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Carolyn Dunn ...
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Matt Clive
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Yola Clive
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Peter Teller
Barbara Franklin ...
Eva
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Hagstrom
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Hagstrom Boy
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Mike
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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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David Cleveland gets Walt Prensela to enlarge a still from the video that Peter Teller shot of the attack on his father. From an image that consists of a mere 10x10 pixels, Prensela is able to resolve detail that was not present in the original, and end up with a recognisable photo of the attackers' faces. Technology is not that good. See more »

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[Earlier Eunice nearly shot David with his revolver when she accidentally fired it while she was drunk. Now she comes to David's bedroom in the middle of the night]
Eunice Teller: I was thinking. Maybe we got off on the wrong foot this afternoon.
David Cleveland: It wasn't boring.
Eunice Teller: Harry said to tell you anything you want, I'm to make sure you get it. But under the circumstances I don't think we should take that too literally. Do you?
David Cleveland: No.
Eunice Teller: But maybe we could be friends.
David Cleveland: [non-committally] Yes.
Eunice Teller: I've got a sneaking suspicion, ...
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Not true to the novel
20 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

As a fan of the Dick Francis novels, I was pleased to see that the film version of one of them was to be shown on Cable TV. Unfortunately, the locations had been changed and although the story was vaguely recognisable, the excitement and suspense of the novel was completely missing. Even Ian McShane, who I like as the character Lovejoy, was not at his best and the rest of the cast were unknown to me. A very disappointing experience.


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