Just the Ticket (I) (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  26 February 1999 (USA)
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A ticket scalper wants to make one last big deal on the pope's visit to finally do something worthwhile about his relationship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Starke
Linda Palinski
Benny Moran
Lady with Cash
Fred Asparagus ...
Harry the Head
Anita Elliott ...
Refund Lady at the Met
San Diego Vinnie
Alice / 'Cyclops'
Barry the Book
TV Customer
Jack Cafferty ...
Molly Wenk ...
Catholic Schoolgirl Fanny
Catholic Schoolgirl Lucy (as Daniella Garcia-Lorido)


Gary is a charming guy, but Linda is tired of his grand plans and schemes. All of which have gone down the drain. Gary is a 'scalper'. Together with his friends and his 'Guardian Angel', Benny, he buys tickets to events and sells them off at highly increased prices. This doesn't really make him rich and proves to be more difficult than usual when a new guy gets into town, strong-arming all of Gary's sources. But then the gift of heaven arrives. The Pope is coming for a visit. Gary wants to make a lot of money on this so he can finally get one of his (more decent) plans for Linda off the ground and really work on a lasting relationship with her. Written by <zombie@il.fontys.nl>

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Irresponsible, Unreliable, Unpredictable and totally Irresistible.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Ticket Scalper  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pope visit at Yankee stadium was filmed during an actual Yankee game in 1997 this is clearly noticed due to all the spectators wearing Yankee apparel outside the stadium. See more »

Crazy Credits

After all of the credits have run, the character of Fred Asparagus is shown selling some merchandise, accompanied by credit saying "Fred Asparagus (1947-1998)" See more »


Referenced in The Tracey Fragments (2007) See more »


Big Date
Music by Andy Garcia & Andie MacDowell
Lyrics by Richard Wenk & Andy Garcia
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A little lost film
4 July 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This film must have been the best-kept secret in movies, because I never heard of it before. It's a charming and well-acted little comedy romance, I don't know why it was brushed under the carpet. Andy Garcia is extremely funny and energetic in the lead role of Gary, he and Andie MacDowell have a good romantic chemistry, and some of the supporting characters are great. It's not a brilliant film, but it's certainly well worth watching, and I think Andy Garcia should be very proud of this amusing and very good film.

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