Let it Ride is an American comedy released in 1989 and directed by Joe Pykta. It is based on a 1979 novel called Good Vibes by Jay Cronley. It stars the well-known Richard Dreyfuss as Jay Trotter, Robbie Coltrane, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly and many more prominent actors. It’s about a loser cabbie who receives a hot betting tip from a friend leading to wins on every bet he places and how the perpetually upbeat attitudes of people can persist whether they are losing or winning.
The Main Story
The plot revolves around Jay Trotter, and his friend Looney, both washed out cab drivers. Looney has a hidden microphone in his cab and records his passenger’s private conversations. He hears two men talking about an upcoming horse race where unethical practices are at play by the owners and the trainer, and it’s a sure thing to win big. In the late 80s, prior to online sports betting or www.americancasinosites.com sites, hearing a ‘hot tip’ to some was like gold dust.
The two then go to the track where they place a $50 parlay on the horse, even though Trotter promised his wife he was quitting gambling the previous day. Trotters horse wins, and he receives a payout of $710. Now armed with a new sense of confidence he approaches the two men who Looney had the recording of and out of goodwill they give him another good tip on the next race. He again places a large bet and wins. Sensing it’s his lucky day he intends to “Let it Ride” parlaying all his winnings on every race. Trotter is arrested at the track due to mistaken identity, and this leads to a series of more lucky events unfolding and proving his loyalty and love for his wife. Again this movie less centred on casino games, like poker or slots for real money and more sport, but there are many similarities within these worlds.
Many events unfold during the course of the day, but the main one is where Trotter places a final bet of $68000 (his total winnings) against his friend Looney’s advice. The race comes down to a photo finish with Jay having a perfect day as his horse once again came in first. In terms of gamblers movies it’s fairly wholesome and definitely an enjoyable watch.