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Dick Francis: Twice Shy (1989)

A fool-proof formula for picking winning horses on a computer disc is the Maguffin sought by Cleveland and others.


Deirdre Friel


Dick Francis (novel), Miles Henderson (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Ian McShane ... David Cleveland
Kate McKenzie Kate McKenzie ... Cassie Donovan
Karl Hayden ... William Derry
Dearbhla Molloy ... Donna Keithley
Niall Toibin ... Martin Fitzgerald
Conor Mullen ... Liam Fitzgerald
David Herlihy David Herlihy ... Eddy McGuire
Stephen Brennan ... Mike Needham
John Keegan John Keegan ... Ted Pitt
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... Patrick Donovan
Pat Leavy Pat Leavy ... Mrs. Sullivan
Patrick Macnee ... Geoffrey Keeble
Geraldine Fitzgerald Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Mrs. O'Rourke
Jim Reid Jim Reid ... Policeman
Deirdre O'Kane ... Receptionist


An Irish computer programmer who is also a skilled, amateur mountain climber is murdered when his safety line is cut. Because Cleveland's nephew has been taken in by the dead man and his wife, he is drawn into the case. The Maguffin he is seeking is a computer disc with a program that allows you to pick the winning horse 65% of time, but who has it? Among those whom Cleveland encounters in his search is the beautiful Cassie Donovan, one of the few female horse trainers in Ireland. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Ireland | Canada

Release Date:

14 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Francis: Varmat vedot See more »

Filming Locations:

County Kildare, Ireland See more »

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Color (Technicolor)
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Cassie Donovan: [to Cleveland] A betting system on horses that works? That'll set the cat among the pigeons!
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I wanted to like this, but alas.
31 August 2014 | by feeneyoramaSee all my reviews

As a longtime fan of Dick Francis books, I was very keen to watch Twice Shy. What a total disappointment this was. The acting was simply appalling. Ian McShane is absolutely dreadful in this and totally wrong for the part of David Cleveland. The woman who played the part of Donna Keithley was so bad she was actually funny. At one point she sees a car on the road from inside her house and screams like she has seen a monster. The so-called villains are hilarious and utter lines totally devoid from reality. This movie has one of the funniest death scenes ever shot on film. Has to be seen to be believed. Having previously watched In the Frame and thinking nothing could be as bad as it, I realise I was wrong. Twice Shy is much much worse. Do yourself a favour and do not watch this as it is approximately ninety minutes of your life you will never get back. The clothing, hairstyles and telephones all look very dated in this production which considering when it was made is not surprising, but watching someone having to extend an aerial on a phone before they speak looks comical now. The computers look huge and bulky too compared to how they are today.

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