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Dead Cert (1974)





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Based on a book by National Hunt jockey Dick Francis, the horseracing thriller Dead Cert was filmed in the village of Findon, West Sussex, U.K. When jockey Bill Davidson (Ian Hogg) is killed in a horseracing incident, his best friend Alan York (Scott B. Anthony) decides to investigate. He believes that Bill's death was not an accident, and he intends to expose the real killers. Judi Dench stars as Bill's wife, Laura Davidson, while her real-life husband Michael Williams appears as jockey Sandy Mason. Directed by Tony Richardson, Dead Cert received a U.K. theatrical release in 1974. In British slang, a "dead cert" means something that is definite.

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Scott Antony
as "Alan York"
Judi Dench
as Laura Davidson
Nina Thomas
as "Penny Brocker"
Joseph Blatchley
as Joe Nantwich
Ian Hogg
as Bill Davidson
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In "Dead Cert," fearing a fixed race, Bill Davidson(Ian Hogg) and Alan York(Scott Antony) take the reins of their horses in a scheduled race. And then tragedy strikes when Bill is killed when his horse collapses on him during the race. Even after the inquest returns with a ruling of accidental death, Alan continues to claim that his friend was murdered. Which might not be such a smart idea, considering Alan is having an affair with Bill's widow Laura(Judi Dench). To be honest, "Dead Cert" does not get off to a bad start, setting its central mystery into motion quickly and efficiently. But sadly, the mystery is not executed at all well, relying on a harebrained scheme to drive the shaky plot, nor really able to take advantage of the milieu the movie is set in. Plus, Scott Antony really is not much of a lead and Judi Dench is not yet Judi Dench. That leaves it to Julian Glover to make any kind of impression.

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