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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?



(book), (screenplay) (as Ernest Morton)



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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Dreyfuss)'s character name in the horse racing comedy, Jay Trotter, has a last name, "Trotter", that references a type of horse that is trained for harness racing, though this type of horse-racing is not actually featured in this movie. See more »


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 »


Mrs. Davis: There's a fine line between winning and losing.
Jay Trotter: Yeah. The finish line.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Guilty Pleasures (1992) See more »


He'll Have to Go
by Joe Allison & Audrey Allison
Performed by Jim Reeves
Courtesy of RCA Records, Cassettes, and CD's
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9 August 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the all time most underrated films. It is a little film , but rarely do you see so many wonderfully funny characters in a comedy. Along with "Breaking Away", and "Harold and Maude" it falls in a special category of films I like to watch when I'm feeling life sucks. Richard Dreyfus and Teri Garr give their best performances; and the supporting cast, especially Robbie Coltrane, is terrific. Don't miss this little gem.

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