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One Last Ride (2004)

R | | Drama | 5 April 2004 (USA)
An emotionally gripping look at a man's personal battle to end a self-destructive path of compulsive gambling.

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Michael (as Pat Cupo)
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Gina
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Sid
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Carmine
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Charlie Figs
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Nicky
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Richie
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Antoinette
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Gina's Mother
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Mr. Orlick
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Aunt Margaret
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An emotionally gripping look at a man's personal battle to end a self-destructive path of compulsive gambling.

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He's just placed the biggest bet of all... his life.

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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Lana Parrilla, and her aunt (her mother's sister) Candice Azzara both appear in this film. See more »

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Carmine: I got this idea; I don't know why I never told you about it... My cousin Pauly's been into this for a year or so; he's making money hand-over-fist. It's check-cashing. Listen to how this works, it's great: About a year ago, Pauly's out of work. So, one day, he's collecting a check over at unemployment... when this guy approaches him and tells Pauly about this check-cashing business he's running. He lets him know how simple it is, how much bread he can make; and then he checks Pauly out, to make...
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Coming to terms with gambling addiction.
29 December 2004 | by (San Pedro) – See all my reviews

The production qualities of this film are obviously tailor made for TV. The hard edges of the descent into the depths of gambling addiction have all been smoothed off. That's not to say the situations and predicaments are unrealistic. There's no brutal violence, but some hard core language. No sex, substance abuse or slimy cohorts either.

All the characters seem like upstanding citizens, including the restaurateur/loan shark. It feels like a New York story that got moved to the mid-west. Jewish and Italian characters throughout. It's a fairly fast-paced film that takes place over the course of less than a week. Very linear, with no sub-plots other than a marriage that crumbles suddenly when the wife discovers how bad his addiction has become.

Maybe the best part is the lack of a fairy-tale ending. No winning the "big one" and paying off debts and starting new. Instead there's a more realistic ending of a promise to never gamble again, and an agreement that separation might be the best thing. For that, it beats almost every Hollywood gambling movie. No getting off scott-free, but not everyone has to die either.

Watchable, and believable, but nothing special. More of a drama than an action film.


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