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Dick Francis: Blood Sport (1989)

Cleveland teams with an insurance investigator in the search for a stolen $6 million dollar horse in the Canadian Rockies.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Dick Francis (novel), Andrew Payne (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... David Cleveland
Heath Lamberts ... Walt Prensala
Lloyd Bochner ... James Culham Offen
Kenneth Welsh ... Harry Teller
Patrick Macnee ... Geoffrey Keeble
Carolyn Dunn Carolyn Dunn ... Lynnie Teller
Jennifer Dale ... Eunice Teller
Timothy Webber ... Matt Clive
Laurie Paton ... Yola Clive
Cameron Graham ... Peter Teller
Barbara Franklin Barbara Franklin ... Eva
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Hagstrom
Louis Tripp ... Hagstrom Boy
Lawrence King-Phillips ... Mike
Tom Heaton ... Wrangler
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Storyline

Jockey Club investigator David Cleveland journeys to Canada to apprehend a notorious horse doper and while there is coaxed by his supervisor to help rich horse breeder Harry Teller. Teller has been trying to find Chrysallis, his $6 million dollar stud bay stallion, mistakenly kidnapped by hijackers and presumed dead. Although Cleveland initially resists the case, an attempt on Teller's life convinces him the horse is still alive. Cleveland is intrigued further by Teller's hard-drinking, lonely and curvaceous second wife as well as his nubile blond daughter, both of whom are attracted to him. He teams with an overweight insurance investigator to track down the animal as clues take them to dude ranch in the Canadian Rockies. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Goofs

David Cleveland gets Walt Prensela to enlarge a still from the video that Peter Teller shot of the attack on his father. From an image that consists of a mere 10x10 pixels, Prensela is able to resolve detail that was not present in the original, and end up with a recognisable photo of the attackers' faces. Technology is not that good. See more »

Quotes

Eunice Teller: There's only one thing you have to know about horses.
David Cleveland: What's that?
Eunice Teller: They make damn fools out of us.
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Not as good as the book
18 April 2004 | by bearingupSee all my reviews

I love Dick Francis novels, so I was glad to see them coming out in movies, until I saw the movies. (I've seen Blood Sport and In the Frame) I think the movies have lost the depth and uniqueness of the novels. Part of the problem is that they wanted to keep the same character in multiple stories, so they needed a more generic character. I think also, they were trying to make something that would fit into the television time frame, so they had to simplify. Unfortunately, when they simplified, they tossed out important characters that helped make the stories great. And changing the location of In the Frame from Australia to Germany didn't help either. I would not recommend the movies. Read the books instead.


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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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