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The Longshot (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 17 January 1986 (USA)
Four losers borrow money from gangsters to bet on a "sure thing", but lose. The gangsters go after them to get their money.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writer:

Tim Conway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Trumbull Brad Trumbull ... Track Cop
Tim Conway ... Dooley
Jack Weston ... Elton
Harvey Korman ... Lou
Ted Wass ... Stump
Pat Li Pat Li ... Ono
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Josh
Dave Johnson Dave Johnson ... Track Announcer
Dick Enberg ... Radio Announcer
Anne Meara ... Madge
Frank Bonner ... Realtor
Benny Baker ... Mr. Hooper
Yvonne Del Walker Yvonne Del Walker ... Mrs. Hooper
Ernie Anderson ... Old Man
Jinaki Jinaki ... Toby
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Four losers borrow money from gangsters to bet on a "sure thing", but lose. The gangsters go after them to get their money.

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You'll Laugh from Start to Finish!

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Comedy

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Trivia

Paul Bartel: the blind man near the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Lou: Hey Santiago, nice pants!
Santiago: They're covering my nuts, aren't they?
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The Longshot
Written by Gloria Sklerov and Lenny Macaluso
Performed by Irene Cara
Produced by George Johnson and Irene Cara
Background Singers: Charlotte Crossley, Daryl Carpenter, David Lasley
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Good film for the 1980's
18 March 2012 | by enojonesSee all my reviews

Prior reviews which stated the film as a series of skits strung together indicates a lack of appreciation for comedic films in the genre of farce. Without generating a spoiler, reference the film summary for the plot line. The cascade of thoughtful plots builds into the 'chase' by the mobsters who are owed. Genius.

Considering that this film did not follow the typical formula for the mid-1980's by casting the "brat packers" or saturating the musical score with music from the "chill generation," it has a stunning brilliance. It has enough toilet humor to fascinate the "American Pie"-crowd. And, the hapless characters are surely inspiration for such shows as 2.5 Men & Big Bang.

It's a classic comedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyük Oyun See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,096,843
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Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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