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Let It Ride (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Action | 18 August 1989 (USA)
A nosy cab driver gets a hot tip on a race horse and wins big, but he can't seem to stop gambling. Will he go broke or walk home with a pretty penny?

Director:

Joe Pytka

Writers:

Jay Cronley (book), Nancy Dowd (screenplay) (as Ernest Morton)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Jay Trotter
David Johansen ... Looney
Teri Garr ... Pam
Jennifer Tilly ... Vicki
Allen Garfield ... Greenberg
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Marty (as Ed Walsh)
Richard Edson ... Johnny Casino
David Schramm ... Lufkin
John Roselius ... Reardon
Joseph Walsh ... Vibes
Ralph Seymour ... Sid
Cynthia Nixon ... Evangeline
Richard Dimitri ... Tony Cheeseburger
Robert Towers ... Mickey Jax
Michelle Phillips ... Mrs. Davis
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Storyline

An average kind of guy who has a slight problem with gambling goes to the track, and mystically, it seems as though he can't lose, no matter how he bets; and he has an incredible day. Written by Kathy Li

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Plot Keywords:

horse movie | gambling | bet | horse | bar | See All (29) »

Taglines:

It was a million to one chance. The story of a regular guy who finally got into something big. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Action

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of Looney (David Johansen)'s cat was "June Bug" whilst the name of Vibes ('Joseph Walsh')' dog was the nineteen year old "Evangeline". See more »

Goofs

The cashier calculated the potential winnings from the last wager on the odds BEFORE the bet. A wager that size would have made the horse the odds-on favorite resulting in a profit of just the minimum payoff of five cents on the dollar. See more »

Quotes

Looney: [after Trotter won but Looney didn't even bet] I'd hate to have to walk around this track with seven hundred dollars cash.
Jay Trotter: Seven hundred and TEN - and you'll never have that problem, because the only reason I won is that you didn't bet! You are the unluckiest person in the world!
Looney: Am not!
Jay Trotter: Am!
Looney: Am not!
Jay Trotter: Am!
[pulling out his racing form]
Jay Trotter: Who do you like in the second?
Looney: The six horse looks pretty good...
Jay Trotter: [dramatically crosses out the six horse on his racing form] You got a brother?
[...]
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Connections

Spoofed in A Certain Magical Pimpdex: Extended Edition (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Perpetuum Mobile
by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss, Jr.)
Performed by 101 Strings
Courtesy of Alshire International, Inc.
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User Reviews

Little-Known but Much-Loved!
29 October 1998 | by C'estMoiSee all my reviews

Great movie! I'm surprised that it didn't do too well. My husband and I constantly quote it.

"God likes me! He really, really likes me!"

If you like Richard Dreyfuss, you'll love this movie. It highlights his comedic talent perfectly!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let It Ride See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,925,049, 20 August 1989

Gross USA:

$4,973,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,973,285
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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