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A heart problem forces the cop Pally to retire, and his wife Charlotte is separating him. Charlotte makes Pally's half-brother Ray visit, and he suggest buying a race horse will cheer him up. He does, but then a mob boss steals the horse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Pally
Anthony LaPaglia ... Ray (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Radha Mitchell ... Charlotte
Lothaire Bluteau ... Tony
Daniel Benzali ... Frank Finnegan
Kay Panabaker ... Sam
Denis Arndt ... Dr. Ivan Barnes
Charles Martin Smith ... Morty
Michael Benyaer ... First Man - Warehouse
Craig Veroni ... Second Man - Warehouse
Gerald Paetz ... Cadillac Man / Finnegan Thug # 1
Marco Roy Marco Roy ... Second Cop
Gary Hetherington ... Captain
Bill Whiting Bill Whiting ... Bartender
Frank Cassini ... Manny
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Storyline

Heart problems force Boston cop Pally LaMarr to retire; he's in a funk and his wife Charlotte sends him packing. At Charlotte's insistence, Pally's half-brother Ray pays Pally a visit and suggests he buy a race horse to cheer up. Ray's always playing the angles, and he's got his eye on a horse that's cheap because it's been misdiagnosed. Ray knows the horse is a champion. Before they can win some money, a local mob boss, Frank Finnigan, sees the horse and steals it as payment for the gambling debt of Tony, a local jockey and single parent. Can Pally and Ray get the horse back, get Tony out of hock, and win some moola? What about Charlotte: can Pally let his heart take the lead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All Bets Are Off.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Fought the Law See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Daniel Benzali and Anthony LaPaglia starred in the series "Murder One" in 1995. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Pally LaMarr: I know I've done a lot of wrong in my life. But I'm here. And I *want* to be here.
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Written by Léo Delibes (as Leo Delibes)
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Recorded by Amazing Stranger Music at MX Solutions
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Far more entertaining than it should be.
7 October 2003 | by mooshoo89See all my reviews

Ok, so this isn't a great movie. But, it's entertaining, and the chemistry is spot-on. I admit, I dug the so-so romance between Sutherland and his estranged wife. I found the entire plot, while ill-constructed, fun enough to pass as a really well-meaning movie. It was fun, and the acting was good all around. Being the sucker for saucy fellows that I am, seeing Sutherland as such a good person was rather surprising, but he played it well all the same. I can't say I'd recommend this one for anything more than the channel surfer or the die hard Sutherland fan, but it's got some great moments and a fun little story, despite moments of obvious cheese and silliness.


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