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Let It Ride (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Action  |  18 August 1989 (USA)
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A nosy cab driver gets a hot tip on a race horse and wins big, but he can't seem to stop gambling. Will he go broke or walk home with a pretty penny?

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An average kind of guy who has a slight problem with gambling goes to the track, and mystically, it seems as though he can't lose, no matter how he bets; and he has an incredible day. Written by Kathy Li

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He drinks. He smokes. He gambles. He curses. He thinks about committing adultery. You'll love him.

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Comedy | Action

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18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Barbada  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,973,285 (USA)
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Trivia

The name of the horse "Hot to Trot" featured in the film is also the name of the title of a 1988 horse comedy Hot to Trot (1988) which had been released the previous year prior to this film. See more »

Goofs

The cashier calculated the potential winnings from the last wager on the odds BEFORE the bet. A wager that size would have made the horse the odds-on favorite resulting in a profit of just the minimum payoff of five cents on the dollar. See more »

Quotes

Looney: I'm sure glad I didn't bet.
Jay Trotter: You didn't bet?
Looney: I woulda had a heart attack.
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't You Just Know It
by Huey P. Smith
Performed by Huey "Piano" Smith
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By Arrangement of Warner Special Products
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Just a very funny movie
14 February 2005 | by (Westport, Mass.) – See all my reviews

I'm not a horse racing fan, but Let it Ride is one funny movie. Richard Dreyfuss plays Jay Trotter with over the top enthusiasm. I bet he had a lot of fun making this movie. He has three or four scenes with David Johansen,(former lead singer of the New York Dolls) that show that an old pro like Dreyfuss doesn't have to step on the innate comedic talents of the former rock star. Robbie Coltrane(our friend Hagrid from Harry Potter) takes a small role as the betting-window employee and embellishes it with charm and wit to become the "conscience" of the movie. Jennifer Tilly's role is the kind that only a Tilly could play, the gold digger, with, ironically, a heart of gold. And of course, no one can play a nouveau-rich envelope magnate better than Allen Garfield. My only niggling criticism is with Terry Garr. She's played this role before, and it shows. She doesn't bring much to her long-suffering wife role, but all in all, this movie is a real treat, even if you're not into the horses.


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