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A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.

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David Milch
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2012  
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Dustin Hoffman ...  Chester Bernstein 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Dennis Farina ...  Gus Demitriou 10 episodes, 2011-2012
John Ortiz ...  Turo Escalante 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Richard Kind ...  Joey Rathburn 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Jill Hennessy ...  Jo 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Nick Nolte ...  Walter Smith 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Kevin Dunn ...  Marcus 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Ian Hart ...  Lonnie 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Ritchie Coster ...  Renzo 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Jason Gedrick ...  Jerry 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Kerry Condon ...  Rosie 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Gary Stevens ...  Ronnie Jenkins 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Tom Payne ...  Leon Micheaux 9 episodes, 2011-2012
Miguel Delgado Miguel Delgado 7 episodes, 2012
Joan Allen ...  Claire Lachay 6 episodes, 2012
Alan Rosenberg ...  Nick DeRossi 6 episodes, 2011-2012
Michael Gambon ...  Michael 5 episodes, 2012
Ted Levine ...  Isadore Cohen 5 episodes, 2012
Chantal Sutherland ...  Lizzy 5 episodes, 2011-2012
Shauna Stoddart ...  Lorelei 5 episodes, 2012
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A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.

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Leave nothing to chance.

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Drama | Sport

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Befutó See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Series Creator David Milch is a recovering gambling addict in real-life, and drew on his own experiences for part of the storyline. He jokingly refers to that part of his life as "the most expensive research period" of his career. The sad part is that making the show caused him to relapse on his gambling addiction. See more »

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Referenced in Tosh.0: Cliff Jumper (2012) See more »

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Difficult beginning due to jargon, accents and pre-existing conditions. But then...
20 February 2012 | by savannahkhanSee all my reviews

Although the first episode of this series was painful to get through, each episode thereafter gets better and better. After an inaudible beginning "Luck" just might careers and an industry.

As a horse lover and long time fan of Nick Nolte, I wanted to like this show but the first episode was loaded with track jargon, slang, broken English, low quality sound, and heavy accents. There also wasn't much seen of Nolte in the first episode. Fortunately I had the first 3 episodes programmed on the DVR so I had a vested interest in at least watching these recorded episodes. By the third episode I enabled closed caption so that I could follow better. I wish I had not deleted the first episode because I would have re-watched it in closed caption. This first episode is chock-full of information and innuendos, probably why it was so difficult to get through.

This is unfortunate because the series gets better with each episode and I'm sure the lack of clarity in the beginning has meant the series has lost viewers.

Viewers should know, however, that Nolte and Dustin Hoffman are not in this series for nothing. Nolte, whose notorious good looks is now replaced with grey hair and lots of character is a nostalgic owner/trainer brokenhearted over the past with a keen sense of a good race horse. Hoffman starts out stiff and almost out of place, but then his character is out of place due to a series of previous events.

Integrity and love is really what this series is about. The four gamblers, you find, after a few episodes, really love each other. The jockeys love to ride, Nolte loves horses, and Hoffman loves his right hand man. What seems evident is that some day soon, all of these characters will come together in an as yet unknown common experience.

The sound quality of this series is perhaps the only flaw and it's a big flaw. This seems to be common in today's movies and series. You understood every word Bogart said in Casablanca. It is called "projection." Old school directors and actors knew about this. I don't know what happened or why contemporary films ignores the need for people to hear and understand what characters are saying. It's almost as if they think this some type of technique but it isn't and is surely the reason, perhaps the only reason that this show may not get the viewers it deserves. Despite this,I rate this series high which says just how good this series could be.

If you love horses, racing, Nolte, Hoffman or Farina, I highly recommend this series, despite the audio issues which I hope, given a second season, they fix. If you love a good race, which there seems to be one in almost every episode, this series is also for you. "Luck," given the chance, may revive the horse racing industry. It reminds you of just why this sport is the "sport of kings." Hope they will fix the audio, first time I can remember sound being such a "handicap."


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