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
According to Rating the Movies, "the movie was filmed mostly at Florida's Hialeah racetrack". The Hialeah Race Course is located in south Florida and the picture was shot there during the track's off-season. Racing was also conducted at nearby Calder Race Course, and Dreyfuss was spotted on several occasions, presumably researching his role as Trotter. Although this classic track was closed for many years, the facility was reopened in 2009 offering only Quarter Horse racing as opposed to the Thoroughbred Racing that Hialeah traditionally offered. See more »
Trotter is handcuffed behind his back when he makes a dash for the betting window. When he is tripped, and slides on his stomach across the floor, you can see his hands (briefly) uncuffed. See more »
Don't You Just Know It
Written by Huey P. Smith
Performed by Huey P. Smith (as Huey "Piano" Smith)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By Arrangement of Warner Special Products See more »
I'm having a VERY GOOD DAY!
Recently watched this again on ESPN Classic's Sunday night movie, and it certainly holds up well. Laughs abound. Dreyfuss was never better in a comedy, and David Johansen turns in another classic supporting turn (see "Scrooged" for further proof). All the other supporting parts, both at the bar and the track, are terrific as well.
The hosts of the ESPN Reel Classic movies joked that they probably had to lower Jennifer Tilly into her dress. They also had interviews with the director (Joe Pytka) before they cut to commercials, and he had one really funny revelation. At first, they couldn't figure out why this bombed big time when it was originally dumped in theaters back in '89, despite decent reviews. After a little research, it was determined that people who frequent horse racing (a/k/a a good chunk of the target audience) almost never go to the movies. They're too broke!
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