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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
According to Rating the Movies, "the movie was filmed mostly at Florida's Hialeah racetrack". The Hialeah Race Course is located in south Florida and the picture was shot there during the track's off-season. Racing was also conducted at nearby Calder Race Course, and Dreyfuss was spotted on several occasions, presumably researching his role as Trotter. Although this classic track was closed for many years, the facility was reopened in 2009 offering only Quarter Horse racing as opposed to the Thoroughbred Racing that Hialeah traditionally offered. See more »
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[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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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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