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Dead Cert (1974)

As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals themselves in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies ... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Dick Francis (novel), Tony Richardson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Antony ... Alan York
Judi Dench ... Laura Davidson
Michael Williams ... Sandy Mason
Nina Thomas Nina Thomas ... Penny Brocker
Julian Glover ... Lodge
Mark Dignam ... Clifford Tudor
John Bindon ... Walter
Joseph Blatchley Joseph Blatchley ... Joe Nantwich
Ian Hogg ... Bill Davidson
Sean Lynch ... Sid
Hideo Saito Hideo Saito ... Yuko
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Everest
Mick Dillon ... Jockey (as Mickey Dillon)
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Uncle George
Frank Gentry Frank Gentry ... Gipsy
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As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals themselves in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies from his injuries. His friend Alan York suspects the animal was doped by unscrupulous bookies and starts to investigate. He doesn't know how serious his opponents are, and that he's in danger to suffer the exact same fate as his friend! Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Thriller | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1974 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Certificado de defunción See more »

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Woodfall Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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In 1970, William Friedkin and his "French Connection" producer, Philip D'antoni announced that they had bought the rights to all the Dick Francis novels but nothing ever went into production under their banner. See more »

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Go-Pontinental
27 July 2017 | by tc_nafsaspSee all my reviews

Interesting film, however this is less a review more a footnote. One of the horses involved was well known to racing enthusiasts of the day, Go-Pontinental, owned by Fred Pontin, who ran in the '68 National as a fancied horse, missed out the next 4 Nationals, returning as a 13 year old in '73, and a 14 year old in '74, by which time he was the proverbial 100-1 rank outsider. Timeform shortly after the '74 National rated him "of no note whatsoever".


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