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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.

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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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Irresponsible, Unreliable, Unpredictable and totally Irresistible.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most, if not all, of the ticket scalping scenes were shot with a hidden camera to real people purchasing real tickets. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy
Performed by Nil Lara & Dr. John
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Just the ticket for fans of romantic comedies
19 July 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Gary (Andy Garcia) makes his living in NYC scalping tickets. A charming crook, he has attracted the attention of would-be chef Linda (Andie MacDowell). They have had a go at a relationship but Linda has become unhappy about his profession and his careless ways. Seeing no future in the involvement, Linda has tried to end it. Yet, Gary keeps coming around, weakening her resolve. As these things go, other scalpers seem to be encroaching on Gary's territory. Will he give up the criminal life to win the affections of his girlfriend?

This movie works because of the appeal of Garcia and MacDowell. They have a sparkling chemistry which is infectious. There are some funny scenes involving Garcia at Catholic confession as well as some dramatic ones concerning the up and down lives of the other scalpers. The ending is a demonstration of the adage "all's well that ends well". Although it is not the best romantic comedy out there, fans of the genre should give this movie a whirl. It might be just the ticket for an enjoyable evening of entertainment.


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