Dick Francis Movies on DVD
After a jockey is killed during a horse-riding accident, his friend suspects foul play and begins an investigation. But he soon finds his own life in danger when the trail leads to ruthless bookies who may have orchestrated the whole incident by drugging the man's horse. Taut thriller, based on the novel by Dick Francis, stars Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Scott B. Anthony, Julian Glover. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French.
From the best-selling, horse racing-themed world of Dick Francis comes a trio of suspenseful tales featuring Ian McShane as Jockey Club investigator David Cleveland, a cool operator who loves beautiful women and can't stay out of trouble. A stallion worth millions vanishes, and his owner's life is threatened, in "Blood Sport"; a young woman's death in a mysterious explosion leads Cleveland to an elaborate con, in "In the Frame"; and the sleuth is convinced that a computer expert's death is linked to the foolproof betting system he concocted, in "Twice Shy." 4 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Mike Gwilym stars as Sid Halley, the champion British jockey who suffers a career-ending injury and becomes a private investigator specializing in crimes among "the horsey set," in these mysteries based on stories by best-selling author Dick Francis. Mick Ford co-stars as Halley's gruff sidekick, Chico Barnes. Included in this two-disc set are "Odds Against," "Trackdown," "Gambling Lady," "Horses for Courses," "Horsenap," and "Needle." 5 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biography.