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The Electric Horseman (1979)

A rodeo star past his prime steal his company's horse and rides off into the desert, with a feisty female reporter accompanying him.

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Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are going drug the horse in case its too frisky, he rides off into the desert... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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21 December 1979 (USA)  »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

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$61,801,971 (USA)
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This movie was released on December 21, 1979, co-star Jane Fonda's 42nd birthday. See more »

Goofs

When Sonny asks Hallie if she has ever heard of "The Madison Square Garden", she replies in the negative even though anyone who works in New York City would have heard of it, and she had no reason to deceive Sonny. See more »

Quotes

Hallie Martin: I'm just trying to be pleasant. You get so worked up about everything.
Sonny Steele: What have I got to be worked up about? I've only got a stole horse; everybody except the Coast Guard is after me; I've got nothin' but miles of open country to cross; and now I'm carrying a crazy woman around wearin' shoes from Bloomingbirds who thinks she's seen a rattlesnake round up.
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Referenced in Lost in America (1985) See more »

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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
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The horse fairy-tale
1 March 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I like Pollack. I'm not sure there's anything that I wouldn't at least give a chance, as long as he had an important part in the making of it. This is probably the most formulaic thing I've seen of his... which isn't to say that it's necessarily bad. It's just that, well, if you don't see the majority of what happens in this, coming, the likeliest explanation is that you haven't seen one of the many films that follow essentially the same plot. It's not exactly unpredictable. The points of it are also made in a pretty see-through manner, with poignant speeches and the like. But with those in mind, and the fact that this isn't necessarily meant to be taken too seriously, this isn't bad. The direction is effective. Its editing and cinematography are well-done. The acting leaves little to be desired. The writing is good. The characters are at least average. The music is very fitting. That would be the original version, with Willie Nelson performing it, not the other kind. There is a limited amount of language in it, of varying degree, not a lot of which is terribly harsh. The drug/alcohol material is vague, and the sexuality tends to be tastefully done(for being partially set in Las Vegas, this is mighty clean). I recommend this to any lovers of the four-legged animal, Redford, Fonda and/or anyone else who helped create this. 6/10


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