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On the Right Track (1981)

Lester is a homeless shoeshine boy living in a railway station. He's got this funny knack for picking the winning horses' names out of the paper while shining shoes. When word gets around, ... See full summary »

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Lee Philips
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Coleman ... Lester
Maureen Stapleton ... Mary the Bag Lady
Norman Fell ... The Mayor
Michael Lembeck ... Frank Biscardi
Lisa Eilbacher ... Jill Klein
Bill Russell ... Robert
Herb Edelman ... Sam
C. Thomas Cunliffe C. Thomas Cunliffe ... Shoe Shine Concessioner
Belinda Bremner Belinda Bremner ... Lady with Suitcase
Nathan Davis ... Mario
Mike Bacarella ... Sean
Jack Wasserman Jack Wasserman ... Vito
Fern Persons Fern Persons ... Flower Lady
Arthur Smith Arthur Smith ... Gerald
Mike Genovese ... Louis
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Lester is a homeless shoeshine boy living in a railway station. He's got this funny knack for picking the winning horses' names out of the paper while shining shoes. When word gets around, though, everyone wants a piece of the action. Written by Digger Blue <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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Meet the world's richest orphan! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Guy Could Get Killed Out There See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Thief: Sorry, Kid! But my sister needs the money for a nose job!
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Referenced in The King of Comedy (1982) See more »

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Great nostalgia
10 March 2016 | by BUSTERKOONSSee all my reviews

I've had the pre-recorded video tape for this movie for over 20 years. And it's been about that time frame since I last viewed it. But last night I threw in and watched it.

This is a movie that showed up on cable all the time back around 1982 and 1983. I must have seen this movie 100 times. As a kid I loved it! As an adult... well, I realize how insipid it is. But I still loved it nonetheless.

Gary Coleman stars as an orphan living in Chicago's Union Station - the same place where the famous "baby stroller scene" from "The Untouchables" was filmed. And he has a magical knack for picking horses. Once people find out, they exploit him. Will his friend Jill (the lovely Lisa Eilbacher) come to his rescue? What do you think?

This film is quite nostalgic for me. I was amazed at how many lines of dialogue I could still recite after all these years. If you watched it a lot as a kid, you'll probably still like it today. If you didn't, then maybe you won't. Although I do give it credit. There are a few legitimately funny lines in it.

"Sorry Kid. But my sister needs a nose job."

Great stuff!


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