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26 February 1999 (USA) See more »
Irresponsible, Unreliable, Unpredictable and totally Irresistible.
A ticket scalper wants to make one last big deal on the pope's visit to finally do something worthwhile about his relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Andy Garcia ... Gary Starke

Andie MacDowell ... Linda Palinski

Richard Bradford ... Benny Moran

Alice Drummond ... Lady with Cash
Fred Asparagus ... Zeus

Louis Mustillo ... Harry the Head
Anita Elliott ... Refund Lady at the Met

Patrick Breen ... San Diego Vinnie

Laura Harris ... Alice / 'Cyclops'

Don Novello ... Tony

Ron Leibman ... Barry the Book

Michael Willis ... TV Customer
Jack Cafferty ... Newscaster
Molly Wenk ... Catholic Schoolgirl Fanny

Daniella Garcia ... Catholic Schoolgirl Lucy (as Daniella Garcia-Lorido)

Abe Vigoda ... Arty

Andre B. Blake ... Casino
Michael P. Moran ... Fat Max

Ronald Guttman ... Gerrard, Culinary Director
Helen Carey ... Mrs. Bennett, N.Y. Times Food Critic
Bobo Lewis ... Mrs. Dolmatch

Paunita Nichols ... Rhonda
Irene Worth ... Mrs. Haywood
Brian Schwary ... College Kid in Jail

Chris Lemmon ... Alex
Davenia McFadden ... Social Security Checker

Lenny Venito ... Stanley

Richard Wenk ... Good Call Johnny D.J.
George Palermo ... Undercover Cop

Anthony DeSando ... Kenny Paliski

Elizabeth Ashley ... Mrs. Paliski
Robert W. Castle ... Uncle Donald (as Robert Castle)
Sully Boyar ... Uncle Tony

Donna Hanover ... Realtor
Luis Aponte ... Maury, Funeral Director

Joe Drago ... Father V. Crespo

Joe Frazier ... Himself
Alfredo Álvarez Calderón ... Yankee Stadium Security Chief
Eugene Greytak ... The Pope (as Gene Greytak)

Bill Irwin ... Ray Charles

Joanna Adler ... Vickie (as Joanna P. Adler)

John Tormey ... Taxi Cab Driver
Michael Higgins ... Confessional Priest
Austin Lyall Sansone ... Baby in Womb
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Shakti ... Ticket Buyer

Carlos Antonio ... Jail Inmate (uncredited)
Vince Collura ... Convention Goer - Trekkie (uncredited)

Wally Dunn ... Night Manager (uncredited)
Alessandra Garcia-Lorido ... Child (uncredited)
Britt Leary ... (uncredited)
Myreah Moore ... Nun (uncredited)

Tony Rossi ... Doorman (uncredited)

Anthony Sinopoli ... Scalper (uncredited)

Nick Stellate ... Messenger (uncredited)

Michael Tota ... Priest (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Wenk 
Writing credits
Richard Wenk (written by)

Produced by
Joe Drago .... associate producer
Andy Garcia .... producer
George Hernandez .... associate producer
Marivi Lorido Garcia .... executive producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
Andie MacDowell .... executive producer
Yoram Pelman .... executive producer
John H. Starke .... co-producer
Original Music by
Rick Marotta 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
Film Editing by
Christopher Cibelli 
Casting by
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond  (as Cathy Sandrich)
Amanda Mackey  (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
Production Design by
Franckie Diago 
Art Direction by
Henry Dunn 
Set Decoration by
Karin Wiesel  (as Karen Wiesel)
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... makeup artist (as Kymbra M. Callaghan)
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Jacques Stephane Lempire .... hair stylist: Ms. MacDowell (as Stephane Lempire)
Jackie Payne .... assistant hair stylist
Aaron F. Quarles .... key hair stylist
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair department head
Elaina P. Schulman .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Brett Botula .... assistant unit production manager
George Hernandez .... post-production supervisor
John H. Starke .... unit production manager (as J.H. Starke)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey T. Bernstein .... second assistant director (as Jeff Bernstein)
Joan G. Bostwick .... second second assistant director (as Joan Bostwick)
Bac DeLorme .... additional second assistant director
Samantha Lavin .... dga trainee
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gadi Barak .... scenic charge person
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Kathleen Dolan .... first assistant propmaster
Natalie N. Dorset .... art department coordinator
Nancy Gilliar .... property assistant
Susan Glod .... scenic artist
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Mario Herrera .... scenic charge person
Michael Leather .... lead set (as Mike Leather)
Eric M. Metzger .... set dresser (as Eric Metzger)
Ann Miller .... property master (as Annie Miller)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser
Danny Rovira .... construction coordinator
Cathy Scorsese .... second assistant propmaster
Joe Taglairino .... set dresser (as Joe Tagliarino)
Laurie Wenk .... food stylist
Ian Zdatny .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Eric Bretter .... sound recordist
Craig Clark .... dialogue supervisor
Brian Donovan .... assistant dialogue editor
Bruce Endres .... sound effects editor
Greg Fry .... sound recordist
Frank Graziadei .... boom operator
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Toussaint Kotright .... cable person
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Lena Marcel .... assistant sound editor
Leonard Marcel .... foley artist
Leonard Marcel .... sound supervisor
Claes Nystrom .... sound editor
Ken S. Polk .... re-recording mixer
Andy Potvin .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Susan Pusateri .... foley artist (as Sue Pusateri)
Mark Relyea .... adr supervisor
Dirk Sanders .... assistant dialogue editor
Allan Schultz .... dialogue editor (as Alan Schultz)
Reuben Simon .... foley recordist
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
Michael Swantek .... assistant dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Jaime Castañeda .... digital effects animator
Michael Feder .... digital effects coordinator
Sing-Choong Foo .... digital effects artist
Amy Jupiter .... digital effects producer
Hilmar Koch .... digital effects supervisor
Tim Nordquist .... digital effects editor
Christopher Scollard .... digital effects consultant
John Siczewicz .... senior digital artist: Blue Sky Studios
Sacha F. Troxler .... visual effects assistant editor
Danny Williams .... technical artist
Tom Cottrell .... stunt double: Mr. Garcia
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Audino .... assistant chief lighting technician
Daniel Beaman .... first company grip
Richard Eliano .... camera operator
Richard Eliano .... director of photography: second unit
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Howard Krupa .... grip: second unit
Kevin McKenna .... video playback operator
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Toshiaki Ozawa .... chief lighting technician
Lydia Smith .... second assistant camera
Kevin Smyth .... second company grip
Joseph Trammell .... 24 frame video operator (as Joe Trammell)
Stephen Treadway .... assistant camera: second unit
Susanna Virtanen .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Mercedes Kelso .... casting associate (as Mercedes Danforth)
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Elizabeth Lang Fedrick)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Frank L. Fleming .... assistant costume designer (as Frank Fleming)
Gretchen Hatz .... wardrobe production assistant
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... wardrobe supervisor (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Jane E. Myers .... wardrobe supervisor
Jane E. Williams .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Rich Comito .... post-production assistant
Bob Hart .... negative cutter
Joel Heller .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Anthony Kline .... apprentice editor
Janet Ogletree .... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Debra L. Tennant .... second assistant editor
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
Trudy Yee .... first assistant editor
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... conforming editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Jan Ellen Goldstein .... location scout
Sam Lobel .... location scout
Deborah Parker .... location manager (as Deb Parker)
Jonathan Shepard .... location assistant (as Jon Shepard)
Jon Zeidman .... assistant location manager (as Jonathan Zeidman)
Music Department
Robert Bayless .... assistant music editor (as Bob Bayless)
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Dino Nicolosi .... music consultant
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
David Spinozza .... conductor
David Spinozza .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
David Carpenter .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Patrick Bentz .... transportation co-captain
Dennis Salomone Sr. .... transportation captain (as Dennis Salomone)
Other crew
Jesse Russell Brooks III .... production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... Publicity campaign (as Dennis Davidson & Associates Inc.)
Steve Dougherty .... craft service
Brother Eden Douglas .... stand-in: Andre B. Blake (as Brother Douglas)
Deb Dyer .... accountant
Rose F. Fahey .... assistant: Mr. Garcia (as Rose Ferraro Fahey)
Rose F. Fahey .... production coordinator: CineSon (as Rose Ferraro Fahey)
Marie Gabrielle .... stand-in: Ms. MacDowell
Glenn Gray .... production assistant
Melanie Hodal .... unit publicist
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor
Shelley Houis .... production coordinator
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator
Harry Kakatsakis .... office assistant: New York
Danielle Katz .... production assistant
Kathleen Keller .... production coordinator: re-shoots
M.J. Magbanua .... assistant production coordinator
Charles Mcdonald .... title designer
Jesse Moreno .... craft service
Leigh Oblinger .... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Ron Rogers .... production assistant
Kelly Andrea Rubin .... development
Arnold Rudnick .... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Scott Schaeffer .... production assistant
Monica Sheldon .... unit publicist
Matthew Sirianni .... production assistant
Gary Swailes .... technical advisor
Mark Urman .... unit publicist
Rosanne Vogel .... production accountant
Holly Watson .... production secretary
Eric Yellin .... key production assistant
Mark Zobian .... stand-in: Mr. Garcia
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)
R. Michael Givens .... thanks

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Rated R for language
Argentina:115 min | Spain:116 min | USA:115 min
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Now THAT'S the ticket!, 23 September 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

I was surprised at this film's low ratings and poor critical reviews. This is a really, really good film! A unique piece of filmmaking like nothing I've seen in a while! First of all, it has a great sense of realism. Writer/director Richard Wenk does a brilliant job at capturing the hustle and bustle of New York City streets. And unlike in many films, where directors decide to cut corners and shoot part of the movie in Canada, "Just the Ticket" possesses an authenticity of the Big Apple that only NY-based directors like Martin Scorcese and Sidney Lumet have captured better. There are no gimmicky attempts at style (in the words of Mr. Lumet: what's style?); we're not bombarded by pretentious shots of the Statue of Liberty or anything like that. A film like this perfectly captures the essence of New York, without patronizing the city.

Andy Garcia possibly gives the best performance of his career! I've always admired him as an actor, and I respect almost all Hispanic actors who make it big in show-biz (most of them happen to be great actors, too). Garcia displays an unrelenting energy in his performance as ticket scalper Gary Stark. After watching this film, I'm surprised if he doesn't get approached to star in a Broadway play. He has enough energy to light up the stage! Yet he's charming all the way; never obnoxious. We fall in love with his character. We fall in love with the supporting characters as well. Andie McDowell (though I don't think she has an attractive presence; hey, beauty's in the eye of the beholder!) is charming as his love interest. The two Andys have a perfect chemistry together--a real chemistry. The kind of chemistry that real lovers would possess; and not "Hollywood lovers." You can't help but smile every minute they share the screen. Though they quarrel at times, you just keep thinking "They were meant for each other." And best of all (especially considering it's an R-rated film) their relationship is not based on sex. There's not one sex scene in this movie. If it weren't for some naughty street language, you can take the whole family to see this movie. Richard Bradford is amazingly likeable as Gary's friend for life/father figure. You feel more and more sympathy for him (which is ironic for a guy who scalps tickets and tells lies for a living) and their father-son relationship as the film goes along. I was touched by the subplot between Gary and his heroin-abusing pregnant friend Cyclops (Laura Harris). Their interactions, including his attempts to stop her from abusing drugs, are very moving. I was also glad to see a male-female friendship that doesn't end in love or sex. You don't see that too much in the movies. Rob Liebman (who co-starred with Garcia in "Night Falls on Manhattan") makes a few short appearances. He's a terrific, underrated actor and it was great to see the two of them share the screen again.

Some may find this film uneven. I can predict there's going to be a lot of complaints about the way "it can't decide whether it wants to be a comedy or drama." I liked the balance between the comedic and dramatic elements, with romance rubbed into the equation. This is not one of those over-the-top, slapstick, screwball comedies that many are probably used to. It has a good sense of maturity. And most of the humor is used for comic relief. There's a good deal of drama in the story, so don't expect to be laughing all the way. So if you want to blame someone--blame the ones who marketed this film. But I was so engaged in the story and characters that I didn't feel a need for laughs. This is an interesting, moving piece of storytelling that never goes over the top and keeps its feet on the ground. Never once was I uttering, "this only happens in the movies." Wenk didn't take any cheap shots, and I admire him for that. So why--oh why was this film so poorly rewarded?

Not to mention this the first film to provide insight into the world of ticket scalping. And I don't think they could've done it any better. I saw Garcia on Conan O'Brien's show when he was promoting the movie, and he said that he did actual field research and posed as a ticket scalper to help get into the shoes of his character. I'll also mention that a famous celebrity (a living legend to some) makes a brief appearance. I was amazed when he appeared on screen. It wasn't one of those predictable cameos, where you had a feeling that person was going to show up anyway. Face it, brace yourselves. And don't read the complete IMDB cast list before watching the movie; it'll ruin the experience. :)

"Just the Ticket" is a charming, engaging, unique, touching film that'll fill your heart with good cheer. It's definitely one of those overlooked flops that'll amaze you. Plus, the soundtrack's great! Andy Garcia helped compose most of the music for the score. I developed the biggest smile on my face when they played "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" at the final scene. This is a film that captures your heart from all angles.

My score: 8 (out of 10)

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