Just the Ticket (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Just the Ticket (1999)



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Movie Info

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.


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 (13) | Top Critics (5)

[Director Richard] Wenk's debut has a certain baggy energy, but it finally has too little to say, and spends too long saying it.

March 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film works well when it is down on the street, spying on Gary doing his off-the-cuff stuff with real commuters, and Garcia is physically perfect for this kind of role.

March 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Chaming...the leads are splendid

July 11, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

An offbeat drama about miracles and love.

March 3, 2002 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Just the Ticket


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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