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Lay the Favorite (2012)

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Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay), Beth Raymer (memoir)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Beth
Joel Murray ... Darren
Hugo Armstrong ... Customer
Corbin Bernsen ... Jerry
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ... Manager
Rio Hackford ... Magic
Jo Newman ... Darcy
Laura Prepon ... Holly
Bruce Willis ... Dink Heimowitz
Frank Grillo ... Frankie
Wayne Pére ... Scott (as Wayne Péré)
Adam Kozlowski Adam Kozlowski ... Rio Gambler 1
Al Brown ... Old Gambler
Thom Sesma ... Young Guy
Rusty Meyers ... Rio Gambler 2
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Storyline

Beth, who lap dances to make ends meet, leaves Florida for Las Vegas hoping to be a cocktail waitress. She meets two women who introduce her to Dink, a gambler with a system. He hires her - she's good with numbers - and she promptly falls for him, even though he's married to a woman who seems to do nothing but spend his money. Beth tries to entice Dink whose wife, Tulip, tells him to choose; he does and promptly goes on a losing streak. The repercussions of his choice play out with a heavy gambler who has a parole officer, a cheesy bookmaker in Curaçao, Beth's desire to keep a friend out of prison, and help from an unlikely source. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

How far can a losing shot take you?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

9 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Vegas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,998, 9 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,998, 9 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dink wears a t-shirt for the Little Brown Jug, a harness race for standardbreds held each year at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio. Ohio State athletics are featured prominently several times, and Beth references a period of time she spent in Ohio. See more »

Goofs

During the televised basketball game in the closing minutes of the film, the storyline is that the game is down to no time left on the clock, and the NJ player, Reedmore, has the chance to make 2 foul shots to beat LA. When the baseline camera focuses on the player's face, though, the time clock over the hoop at the other end of the court is visible, and the clock plainly reads 6:40 left in the game. See more »

Quotes

Dink Heimowitz: ...you don't take the favorite, you lay the favorite.
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) See more »

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Shake a Tail Feather
Words & Music by Otha Hayes (as Otis Hayes), Andre Williams and Verlie Rice
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7 September 2012 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

If I hadn't seen Rebecca Hall in any other movie I guess I wouldn't have been amazed by the transformation or her performance in general in this movie. You really buy her ... let's call it naive nature, she puts on display here. Bruce Willis is pretty passive, which works in a way, but not throughout. Joshua and Catherine are not used in the best way possible, but the main focus is on Rebecca so that can be forgiven.

Story-wise, there is not that much exciting or new happening, the jokes are not always working, but the movie has a low budget charm to it (if you can accept that and not look at it as a star vehicle movie with a big budget). It's a nice little movie, that has more potential than it shows on screen.


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