Simpatico (1999)

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As youths in Azusa, Vinnie, Carter, and Rosie pull off a racing scam, substituting winners for plodders and winning big bucks on long odds. When an official uncovers the scam, they set him ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Vinnie
Young Rosie (as Kimberly Williams)
Young Carter
Whit Crawford ...
5 Year Old Kid
Ken Strunk ...
Kelly (as Ashley Gutherie)
Maria Carretero ...


As youths in Azusa, Vinnie, Carter, and Rosie pull off a racing scam, substituting winners for plodders and winning big bucks on long odds. When an official uncovers the scam, they set him up for blackmail. Jump ahead twenty years, Carter and Rosie are married, successful racers in Kentucky about to sell their prize stallion, Simpatico. Vinnie is a drunk in Pomona. Vinnie decides to make a play for Rosie, lures Carter to California, steals his wallet and heads for Kentucky with the original blackmail material. Carter begs Vinnie's friend, a grocery clerk named Cecilia, to follow Vinnie and get the stuff back that he has in a box. Will she succeed? Written by <>

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

4 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,960 (USA) (17 December 1999)


$902,144 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges were considered for the lead roles in other movies like Heat, tequila sunrise, 12 monkeys, and cutters way before they worked together on this film. See more »


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Pure Thoroughbred
19 November 1999 | by (Dallas,Texas) – See all my reviews

Like the race-horse of the title, the cast in this dark, eccentric tale are pure thoroughbreds...Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Albert Finney,Kathryn Keener, Sharon Stone along with up and comer Shawn Hatosy. And though the director, Matthew Warchus, appears to be a first time helmer, his handling of these pros is sure-footed. Warchus also does an impressive job of steering us through a complex plot with sure, visual dexterity. SIMPATICO, from a script by Warchus, based on a Sam Shepard play, really isn't about horse-racing. It's an entertaining exploration of betrayal, survival and how the simple passage of time changes the whole equation.

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