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Let It Ride (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Action | 18 August 1989 (USA)
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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 John Roselius ... Reardon
Joseph Walsh ... Vibes
Ralph Seymour ... Sid
Cynthia Nixon ... Evangeline
Richard Dimitri 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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horse movie | gambling | bet | horse | bar | See All (29) »

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He drinks. He smokes. He gambles. He curses. He thinks about committing adultery. You'll love him.

Genres:

Comedy | Action

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Barbada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,973,285
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has compared to the writings of Damon Runyon. In the promo featurette for the film, actress Teri Garr states that her character is different to the others in the movie, saying "everybody else is these Damon Runyon characters", whilst film critic Leonard Maltin states that the picture has a "Damon Runyon flavor". See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence in the cab, the cab driver, David Johanson's cigarette goes from freshly lit to a small butt back to a new cigarette, all in a couple seconds. See more »

Quotes

Jay Trotter: Stay on the track!
Looney: The horse can't hear you!
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Connections

References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Win or Lose
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyric by Tom Whitlock
Performed by Jeffrey Koz
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
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perfect comedy
20 July 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

All I can pretty much do is conquer with what everyone else said. This is an extremely underrated, hardly known, right on the money racetrack pic. Dreyfuss (playing a guy named "Trotter") is a gambling obsessed cabbie who's been waiting forever for that one perfect day at the track. He gets a tip from his buddy Looney (crack up Johanssen) and the two head off to bet on the doctored up horse. Dreyfuss wins 710 dollars which kicks off an incredible run of luck over the day, but the real core of the film is the truckload of laughs to be found. Literally every one of the oddball characters has a great scene and contributes largely. From the other losers at the bar across from the track to the snobs in the Jockey Club, I loved everybody. A real treat is the rapport between Dreyfuss and Johanssen, who are great as the wiser bettor and the dopey friend. And I couldnt believe the suspense I felt during the final race, there was a tremendous amount of genuine tension. Great score, too, capturing both the upbeat and dramatic moments. Dreyfuss best film.


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