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Just the Ticket (1998)

A ticket scalper wants to make one last big deal on the pope's visit to finally do something worthwhile about his relationship.

Director:

Richard Wenk

Writer:

Richard Wenk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Gary Starke
Andie MacDowell ... Linda Palinski
Richard Bradford ... Benny Moran
Alice Drummond ... Lady with Cash
Fred Asparagus Fred Asparagus ... Zeus
Louis Mustillo ... Harry the Head
Anita Elliott Anita Elliott ... Refund Lady at the Met
Patrick Breen ... San Diego Vinnie
Laura Harris ... Alice / 'Cyclops'
Don Novello ... Tony
Ron Leibman ... Barry the Book
Michael Willis ... TV Customer
Jack Cafferty Jack Cafferty ... Newscaster
Molly Wenk Molly Wenk ... Catholic Schoolgirl Fanny
Daniella Garcia ... Catholic Schoolgirl Lucy (as Daniella Garcia-Lorido)
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Storyline

Gary is a charming guy, but Linda is tired of his grand plans and schemes. All of which have gone down the drain. Gary is a 'scalper'. Together with his friends and his 'Guardian Angel', Benny, he buys tickets to events and sells them off at highly increased prices. This doesn't really make him rich and proves to be more difficult than usual when a new guy gets into town, strong-arming all of Gary's sources. But then the gift of heaven arrives. The Pope is coming for a visit. Gary wants to make a lot of money on this so he can finally get one of his (more decent) plans for Linda off the ground and really work on a lasting relationship with her. Written by <zombie@il.fontys.nl>

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Taglines:

Irresponsible, Unreliable, Unpredictable and totally Irresistible.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ticket Scalper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$247,585, 28 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$430,404, 28 March 1999
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The end credits includes a song about Gary's Plaque-O-Rama which was based off of the jingle that Andie MacDowell improvised during the shooting of a scene. See more »

Crazy Credits

After all of the credits have run, the character of Fred Asparagus is shown selling some merchandise, accompanied by credit saying "Fred Asparagus (1947-1998)" See more »


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Sci-fi Convention
by Glenn Rueger
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a very nice surprise
27 August 1999 | by juliette-6See all my reviews

I was in a huge hurry and basically just grabbed this off the shelf for lack of seeing anything else that sparked my interest. I saw the trailer for this movie at the theater and thought that it looked incredibly stupid. I don't particularly like Andy Garcia or Andi McDowell, but I just watched on a whim and the next thing that I knew I was laughing (and crying). I was really surprised by how well I liked this film!

The plot was a tad silly, but the characters were so colorful and likeable (even the junky pregnant girl) that I got past the immaturity of the story line. It showed a small bit of the dark underbelly of NY ticket scalping, but the good intentions of everyone counteracted the negativity and the result was very optimistic. Andy Garcia was so good as the romantic lead, I particularly loved the scenes preparing for the big catering and the the kitchen destruction...too funny!

Bottom line, I think these two made a great on screen couple and I would recommend this to anyone who like me, enjoys these kinds of films, or to anyone who might need a little cheering up.


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