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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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Storyline

Four losers borrow money from gangsters to bet on a "sure thing", but lose. The gangsters go after them to get their money.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll Laugh from Start to Finish!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,096,843
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Devil Times Five (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Rappin' On Down The Track
(Theme from "The Longshot")
Lyrics by Tim Conway
Music by Charles Fox
Performed by Ice-T and Tim Conway
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Lame comedy
14 January 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

It appears that the major Hollywood studio that backed this so-called comedy didn't give it much of a promotional or distribution push. Watching the movie, it doesn't take long to figure out why the studio heads got nervous. "The Longshot" is an unbelievably lame comedy. Most of the fault has to go to Tim Conway, who wrote the not ready to be filmed screenplay. There is barely a story here, and the movie frequently comes to a complete stop for minutes on end to try and deliver humor. That wouldn't be bad if the humor was actually funny, but for the most part it isn't. In fact, I only laughed once, at a sight gag involving Tim Conway dressed only in his underclothes. Conway and the rest of the cast have shown talent elsewhere, but they simply can't do anything with this screenplay and the dull direction by Paul Bartel. However, if you've ever wanted to hear Tim Conway do an old school style rap number with Ice-T, this movie will give you your chance.


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