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Ride a Wild Pony (1975)

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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Bettles ...
Eva Griffith ...
Graham Rouse ...
Alfred Bell ...
John Meillon Jr. ...
Roy Haddrick ...
Peter Gwynne ...
Lorraine Bayly ...
Wendy Playfair ...
Kate Clarkson ...
Phillip Ross


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 Snow4849

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WILD AS THE WIND...all he asked was to run free! See more »


Adventure | Family


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26 March 1976 (USA)  »

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Born to Run  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.75 : 1
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This movie was the first full-length Disney film to be shot in Australia. This fact was prominently mentioned on the Australian movie poster. See more »


[first lines]
Bluey Waters: Hey, you, Scott Pirie! Where do you think you're going with that pony? Scotty, come back here!
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Wonderful family film
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

As the face-plate reviewer has noted, children are rarely exposed to conflicts where the lines are not drawn in black and white. This Australian tale that touches on class differences, poverty and rural life ways in NSW in the early part of the 20th century has all the makings of a classic. The principle protagonist, Scottie Pirie, is as wild and untamed as the Welsh pony, Taffy, he acquires only to lose to the strong-willed little rich girl, Josie Ellison, who suffers from a crippling bout of polio and is confined to a wheel chair. When the pony runs away from Scott and rejoins his herd, he is picked out by Josie for his stink individual qualities to be trained to pull a dog cart. The eventual discovery of the pony by Scottie and the confrontation leads to a division of the rural community along class lines which is mitigated by the town's class-conscious Lawyer, Mr. Quayle, played by veteran Australian character actor, John Meillon, whom most of us remember as Crocodile Dundee's sidekick. This is a delightful family film that should be required viewing by all kids. I remember taking my son to see it in the theater the year it came out and I recently bought it on VHS for my wife. I enjoyed it the first time I saw it, relived my pleasure when I saw it again on TV and loved it when I watched it last night at home.

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