Scott, a poor farm boy, is given a wild pony from a wealthy ranch owner's herd to ride to and from school. Scott and his pony soon become an inseparable team, until one day the pony ... See full summary »
Scott, a poor farm boy, is given a wild pony from a wealthy ranch owner's herd to ride to and from school. Scott and his pony soon become an inseparable team, until one day the pony suddenly disappears. Soon after, the ranch owner's handicapped daughter Josie has a wild pony especially trained to pull her cart. But Scott is convinced that Josie's pony is actually his, which leads to a court battle that divides their small Australian town. One child must ultimately lose the pony when true ownership is decided... Written by
Good movie that teaches that certain issues are never black and white
My parents took me to this movie when it came out in theatres. I've yet to see it on video/DVD which is a shame as I remember being fairly enthralled by it as a child. Too many movies for children present their conflicts in black and white. Children are not encouraged to consider moral conflicts because the solutions are laid out clearly for them. This is one of the first movies I can remember seeing that made me think (a little).
This movie concerns the struggle between two children regarding the ownership of a pony. One is a poor boy from a struggling family whose only material possession in the world is a wild pony that he tames. The pony gets lost and inadvertently ends up in the hands of a crippled girl from a wealthy family who has every material possession possible except the one thing she really wants. The pony brings joy into both children's dark lives and each fiercely resists giving him up. The power in the film is in its ability to never allow all sympathy to rest with either child. You end up feeling for both of them. Unfortunately, there's only one pony...and one of the children will end up the loser. How this conflict is finally resolved and its consequences make the film worth seeing.
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