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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.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in Linda's apartment when Gary (Andy Garcia) fakes a pain in his side was improvised and fooled even Andie MacDowell. Her laugh at the end of the scene is authentic. See more »

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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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Referenced in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Date
Music by Andy Garcia & Andie MacDowell
Lyrics by Richard Wenk & Andy Garcia
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A real sleeper that just feels good
1 August 2000 | by marvelous-marvSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a movie that's perfect, and you want to nitpick about the chemistry between the characters or the subtle nuances of one particular character, don't watch this one.

But if you're the kind that, instead of using a microscope to analyze something, would prefer to appreciate something by standing back at a distance and taking it all in, and especially if you like romantic comedies, this is absolutely, definitely the movie for you.

I can't believe any company would decide not to put this movie in the theaters. It was a very good movie; not a "Bull Durham" in quality of storyline, directing, etc., but it made me feel a helluva lot better than "Bull Durham" did in the end. There are more than a few moments where you will probably cry if you are emotional (as evidenced by my wife's reaction), and though the laughs aren't big, the lighter moments certainly work.

I've never liked Andie MacDowell, and I believe she is the weak link of the entire movie. I could have seen someone like a Shelley Long or somebody else prettier than MacDowell and certainly someone with more range who would have connected better with Garcia. But it's probably that fact that makes you really want Andy Garcia to win throughout the movie. He can actually be likeable in his character's helpless role, though it's more like the Al Pacino impression that he always does. Look for Don Novello, a/k/a "Father Guido Sarducci" as one of Gary's friends. Kudos to Richard Bradford, who really made the movie special with his portrayal of Benny, the punch-drunk former boxer & ticket hustler; he brought the "heart" to the movie.

It really moves well from the 30 minute point on, so give it a few minutes if you're not getting into it, but I predict, if you have a heart at all, you will appreciate this movie from start to finish, and it builds and progresses like a good movie should to a great and cute ending.

It was so good I bought the DVD!


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