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The Electric Horseman (1979)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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The picture was a co-production of Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures. The movie was distributed by Columbia Pictures in the USA and by Universal Pictures in foreign territories overseas with the American rights later reverting to Universal. See more »

Goofs

The white splotch on Rising Star's face reverses itself in subsequent shots when Sonny releases him near the end of the movie. The splotch moves from Rising Star's right eye to left eye and then back again. See more »

Quotes

Sonny Steele: I knew a fella once misjudged a Brahma - put a rib right through his lung. He could barely breathe, and he still got up and rode the rankest mare there.
Hallie Martin: I will never understand why you find that kind of behavior admirable!
Sonny Steele: It'll get you up the hill.
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Referenced in An Unnatural Act (1985) See more »

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Hands on the Wheel
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Composed by Bill Callery
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Redford And Fonda, Together Again!
23 November 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Saddle up! for this Excellent romantic-comedy, Robert Redford stars as Sonny Steele who once was a world class Rodeo star, but is now a washed up drunkard reduced to advertising breakfast cereal on TV for the shady AMPCO corporation,whose latest Publicity campaign features prize winning race horse Rising Star,

AMPCO's next junket takes place at Las Vegas where Redford is to Launch the campaign ,Behind a backdrop of glamor and corporate greed, Redford discovers that the horse has been drugged with an abundance of steroids,Redford saddles up and literally takes off with the horse in protest,

Jane Fonda plays Hallie, a news reporter who might just get an exclusive, follows Redford on his quest to release Rising Star into the wild to roam free.

Sydney Pollack, always with a great eye for casting, even has country and western favorite Willie Nelson, Valerie Perrine has an appearance as An old flame of Redford's, Wilford Brimley has a small role as kindly farmer who helps Redford on his way, Usual Pollack regular Composer, Dave Grusin Contribute's Greatly,


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