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Let It Ride (1989)

 -  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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Johnny Casino
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Tony Cheeseburger
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Mickey Jax
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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)

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$4,973,285 (USA)
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Trivia

The film's title is an expression that means, according to the Free Dictionary, "to allow something to continue or remain as it is". In a gambling sense, the phrase refers to the allowance of winnings to remain in the betting pool to continue on for the next bet. The "Let it Ride" phrase is also the name of a popular casino card game, where similarly, according to the Urban Dictionary, the "...winning chips remain on the table in hopes of winning the same number, color, row, or any feasible bet that previously won". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ticket Seller: [seeing Trotter coming to bet $68,000] I may faint. Don't worry. We got full medical coverage. I'll be ok.
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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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I'm having a VERY GOOD DAY!
15 January 2003 | by (Lindenhurst, IL) – See all my reviews

Recently watched this again on ESPN Classic's Sunday night movie, and it certainly holds up well. Laughs abound. Dreyfuss was never better in a comedy, and David Johansen turns in another classic supporting turn (see "Scrooged" for further proof). All the other supporting parts, both at the bar and the track, are terrific as well.

The hosts of the ESPN Reel Classic movies joked that they probably had to lower Jennifer Tilly into her dress. They also had interviews with the director (Joe Pytka) before they cut to commercials, and he had one really funny revelation. At first, they couldn't figure out why this bombed big time when it was originally dumped in theaters back in '89, despite decent reviews. After a little research, it was determined that people who frequent horse racing (a/k/a a good chunk of the target audience) almost never go to the movies. They're too broke!


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