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Editorial Reviews

Jay Trotter has waited a lifetime for this day. He's got a hot tip on a horse everyone thinks is ready for the glue factory. But, as track aficionados say, "Even when you know, you never know." One thing you can be certain be sure of is that with Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr and more, this is a winning comedy. So put it in your VCR and Let It Ride. Its characters give new meaning to "the odds." And its heart will touch everyone who's wondered: "If every dog has his day, why can't every person have one?"

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, David Johansen, Jennifer Tilly, Allen Garfield
  • Directors: Joe Pytka
  • Writers: Jay Cronley, Nancy Dowd
  • Producers: David Giler, Ned Dowd, Randy Ostrow, Richard Stenta
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5SC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Let It Ride" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By CaptainVegas on April 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Let It Ride is one of those lost treasures. Dreyfus is at his comic best and David Johansen (Buster Poindexter), Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly and the rest of the cast are excellent as well. FUNNY throughout. Leonard Maltin, what were you watching? Featuring some very true-to-the-track moments, this movie wins going away. (Based on the book "Good Vibes" by Jay Cronley...read it!)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michele Schroeder on January 21, 2002
Format: DVD
Even if you are not a Richard Dreyfus fan, you should see this movie at least once. Filmed in 1989 but timeless, this is one of those movies that you actually buy because you know you will watch it over and over again. Each character is so rich in personality that you will be drawn into the story because of them, you are in for a great ride. Teri Garr was in her prime as "Trotter's" Richard Dreyfus' wife, even the ticket seller at the track becomes someone you want to see again because he is just one of the people who become essential to the web of racetrack family in this funny, funny story. AND surprise, surprise, the end is wonderful and makes you feel good! So unusual in these days of "reality based" story lines. See it and have a good time.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on June 7, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Is it possible that no one rated this film less than five stars? If you watch this movie, you'll see why. LET IT RIDE is one of those quiet sleepers that, at first, attracted a very narrow audience. When it premiered, and when it was released on video, no one I had asked had known of the film's existence. Now, more and more people are asking me if I have. I smugly say, "You bet!" (Bad pun intended.) This is one of those tightly-scripted, perfectly-acted, beautifully paced comedies that make you wish more like this were made. Put your money on the right pony and pick this one up. Sorry, Smarty Jones.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"I am having a very good day."
-Jay Trotter, Let It Ride
If you love horseracing, this is a must for your collection. If you don't like horseracing, give it a shot anyway. It's well worth the rental fee, and I suspect you'll be heading back to Amazon.com shortly thereafter to purchase it.
Let It Ride is one of my favorite comedies of all time and truly is a hidden gem. Richard Dreyfuss is Jay Trotter, a cab driver in Miami who dreams of having that one day when everything seems to go his way. With a strong supporting cast, Dreyfuss demonstrates why he is one of the most versatile actors in the business. Let It Ride is a brilliant comedy that actually has a touch of drama (or a lot of drama if you love the Kentucky Derby!) It is a feel good movie that never gets old no matter how many times you watch it. Personally, I have lost count.
Forget Leonard Maltin and the "so called" experts who canned this movie when it was released. My only regret is that I didn't get a chance to see it on the big screen. Do yourself a favor and see this movie. While you are at it, do me a favor and beg someone to release this on DVD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2005
Format: DVD
This is just an outstanding movie that unfortunately flopped at the box office. This film was directed by Joe Pytka, who is extremely succesful in T.V . commercials, but less so in movies. This film is funny, touching, has and has a great soundtrack. Richard Dreyfuss plays the loser who against all odds has a great day at the track. It also is love story, with Terri Garr as his wife and Jennifer Tilly in her prime as a knockout possible extra-curricular interest. An over the top hilarious supporting role by David Johansen and a really funny small part by Robbie Coltrane as a cashier just add to the fun. Especially enjoyable for anyone who has ever gambled.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ralph L. Salisbury on January 6, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Little, in the sense that it wasn't highly promoted upon its release and great in the sense that it is difficult to think of another film that was this well acted and cast. There's not a performance in this movie that doesn't ring true. We either know, or know of, these people. From the owners/trainers in the paddocks to the bettors in the stands, every one of these folks looked like they were right where they belonged.
Richard Dreyfuss, as Jay Trotter, plays a down on his luck taxi driver who just can't avoid the track. But today, he has a sure thing (along with a $50 bill in his shoe)... for one race on the card. How he works his way from the bar, to the rail, to the stalls, to The Jockey Club and then back to the rail is likely to be some of the most pleasing 87 minutes you're ever likely to spend looking at a television screen. And Dreyfuss is terrific. How can Teri Garr not love this guy? He drives her nuts, but she can't help but care for him. And so will you.
Rent it, buy it, look for it on a pay channel... but see it. Personally, I can't NOT watch this movie when it comes on TV. And I've seen it a dozen times. Chances are that you will, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pat McCurry on May 31, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
That is probably my favorite line from the film. Let It Ride is one of the smaller sports films that never really got the exposure it deserved. It has funny momments (Maltin must have been watching a different movie). Richard Dreyfuss is great as the "can't lose" cabbie who has a really good day at the track. Jennifer Tilly cracked me up as the ditzy brunette who doesn't know which way is up. Robbie Coltrane is also hilarious as he gets a change of attitude when Jay Trotter has his good day. The character of Trotter is very facsinating. It's someone we can relate to. He's always been a born loser, then something comes along to change his life. Along the way, he gains friends and admiration. He's an everyday everyman. It just goes to show that whether we have to wait one week or one year, there is a "good day" for all of us.
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