Just the Ticket (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Just the Ticket (1999)




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Gary Starke was an orphan living on the streets who grew up to preside over a crew of street hustlers as the grand master of ticket scalpers. Gary seems beloved by everyone until Linda, the love of his life, dumps him. However, Gary is determined to win Linda back.
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    MGM Home Entertainment


Andy Garcia
as Gary Starke
Andie MacDowell
as Linda Palinski
Laura Harris
as Cyclops
Elizabeth Ashley
as Mrs. Palinski
Patrick Breen
as San Diego Vinnie
Ronald Guttman
as Gerrard, Culinary Director
Ron Leibman
as Barry The Book
Louis Mustillo
as Harry The Head
Irene Worth
as Mrs. Haywood
Joe Frazier
as Himself
Sullivan Cooke
as `Blinker'
Anita Elliott
as Refund Lady at the Met
Michael Willis
as TV Customer
Jack Cafferty
as Newscaster
Molly Wenk
as Catholic Schoolgirl Fanny
Daniella Garica-Lorido
as Catholic Schoolgirl Lucy
Helen Carey
as Food Critic
Bobo Lewis
as Mrs. Dolmatch
Brian Schwary
as College Kid in Jail
Davenia McFadden
as Social Security Checker
Lenny Venito
as Stanley
Richard Wenk
as `Good Call Johnny' D.J.
George Palermo
as Undercover Cop
Anthony DeSando
as Kenny Paliski
Robert Castle
as Uncle Donald
Sully Boyar
as Uncle Tony
Brandon Luis Aponte
as Maury, Funeral Director
Joe Drago
as Father V. Crespo
Alfredo Álvarez Calderón
as Yankee Stadium Security Chief
Gene Greytak
as The Pope
Bill Irwin
as Ray Charles
John Tormey
as Taxi Cab Driver
Michael Higgins
as Confessional Priest
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Critic Reviews for Just the Ticket

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Chaming...the leads are splendid

July 11, 2003

An offbeat drama about miracles and love.

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

You need more than a good idea and one colorful character to make an engaging, entertaining movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Not only do the one-liners fall flat, so do the straight-faced lines in general--a sure death knell for a film as talky as this one.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Just the Ticket

★★ (out of four) A stale and bland drama/comedy that features two likeable actors in the form of Andie MacDowell and Andy Garcia. The problem is the script. It never finds a way to make us care about the characters. Therefore the promise of them getting together doesn't matter. Garcia plays Gary Starke, a street hoodlum who makes his money by ripping off people with various schemes. His girlfriend Linda (MacDowell) has had enough of his crooked ways, so she packs up and heads to Paris to study cooking. Starke can't live without her so he attempts to change his ways in the hopes he can win her back. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/JusttheTicket.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Although filled with recognizable names and faces, and a unique premise (ticket scalper makes good ... you don't see that every day), this one is simply death by formula: you see everything coming from a mile away. And so its no great shakes when it finally arrives. Wait until you've nothing better to do.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Another surprising film I've seen lately. You've probably never heard of this one: A ticket scalper (Andy Garcia) going nowhere in life figures he can turn his life around and win back his girlfriend by nabbing tickets to the Pope's address at Yankee Stadium. Yeah, I know. Still, give this one a chance, and you won't regret it. There's a freshness that is usually completely absent in most romantic comedies, ruined in part by an unbelievably bland MacDowell. Kudos to Garcia, though - you can't help but empathize and symapthize with his character. I mean, everybody wants proof that they exist. :)

Jessica van der Sloot
Jessica van der Sloot

Super Reviewer

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