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Dead Cert (1974)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Drama | 6 September 1974 (Ireland)
As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's (Ian Hogg's) horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Dick Francis (novel), Tony Richardson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Antony ... Alan York
Judi Dench ... Laura Davidson
Michael Williams ... Sandy Mason
Nina Thomas Nina Thomas ... Penny Brocker
Julian Glover ... Lodge
Mark Dignam ... Clifford Tudor
John Bindon ... Walter
Joseph Blatchley ... Joe Nantwich
Ian Hogg ... Bill Davidson
Sean Lynch ... Sid
Hideo Saito Hideo Saito ... Yuko
Geoffrey Bateman ... Everest
Mick Dillon ... Jockey (as Mickey Dillon)
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Uncle George
Frank Gentry Frank Gentry ... Gipsy
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As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's (Ian Hogg's) horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies from his injuries. His friend Alan York (Scott Antony) suspects the animal was doped by unscrupulous bookies and starts to investigate. He doesn't know how serious his opponents are, and that he's in danger to suffer the same fate as his friend. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Thriller | Drama

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In 1970, William Friedkin and his The French Connection (1971) producer, Philip D'Antoni, announced that they had bought the rights to all of the Dick Francis novels, but nothing ever went into production under their banner. See more »

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31 March 2007 | by hhartlingSee all my reviews

At our house we're big fans of Dick Francis novels. "Dead Cert" was this champion jockey's first thriller. I bought this DVD a couple of years ago and we had great expectations. We were hugely disappointed in the way the story was adapted. I am re-reading the novel so I thought it would be fun to try the movie again. Well, it has not improved with age. The only saving grace is you get some idea (or at least Tony Richardson's idea) of what a British racetrack is like. The characters in the movie share some of the same names as the characters in the novel but hardly any of the same traits. There isn't a soul in this movie you would want to know personally (I am talking about the characters not the actors), except perhaps the horses.


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Language:

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Release Date:

6 September 1974 (Ireland) See more »

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