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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Walsh ...
Marty (as Ed Walsh)
Johnny Casino
John Roselius ...
Joseph Walsh ...
Richard Dimitri ...
Tony Cheeseburger
Robert Towers ...
Mickey Jax
Mrs. Davis


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.


Comedy | Action


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Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Barbada  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$4,973,285 (USA)

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Did You Know?


This 1989 movie was the second of three consecutive filmed adaptations of Jay Cronley novels in three consecutive years produced by Hollywood. The other adaptions were 1988's Funny Farm (1988) and 1990's Quick Change (1990). See more »


The racehorse owners say their horse is running on Saturday, yet the day of the race Trotter opens the Daily Racing Form dated Wednesday, January 25th, 1989. See more »


[Discussing Trotter]
Ticket Seller: All kind of balls...
Bodyguard: One of his is crystal.
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »


Written and Performed by Willy Chirino
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Best Gambling Movie Ever!
23 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love, love, love, love this movie! I have probably watched it beginning to end 25 times and never tire of it. Probably the only other comedy I have seen as many times is Blazing Saddles.

Dreyfuss, Garr and Johansen and especially Tilly are great. I couldn't think of anyone else playing these parts.

This is the type of movie that gets lost on the shelves of your local video store. The actors are solid, but not stars, and the movie is not geared to the "moron" crowd. But it constantly delivers belly laugh after belly laugh.

And to think it's just a little story about a guy at the track that is "having a very good day"!

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