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Release Date:
21 December 1979 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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A simple tale of a simple man who sets himself and a horse, free. See more (28 total) »


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Robert Redford ... Sonny

Jane Fonda ... Hallie

Valerie Perrine ... Charlotta

Willie Nelson ... Wendell

John Saxon ... Hunt Sears

Nicolas Coster ... Fitzgerald

Allan Arbus ... Danny

Wilford Brimley ... Farmer
Will Hare ... Gus

Basil Hoffman ... Toland
Timothy Scott ... Leroy

James Sikking ... Dietrich (as James B. Sikking)
James Kline ... Tommy
Frank Speiser ... Bernie
Quinn K. Redeker ... Bud Broderick (as Quinn Redeker)

Lois Hamilton ... Joanna Camden (as Lois Areno)
Sarah Harris ... Lucinda
Tasha Zemrus ... Louise
James Novak ... Dennis
Debra L. Maxwell ... Convention Hostess
Michele Heyeden ... Sunny Angel (as Michele Heyden)
Robin Timm ... Model Narrator

Patricia Blair ... Fashion Narrator
Gary M. Fox ... Bellman
Richard Perlmutter ... Desk Clerk
Carol Eileen Montgomery ... Carol
Theresa Ann Dent ... Ranch Breakfast Model
Perry Sheehan Adair ... Mrs. George Phillips
Sarge Allen ... Mr. Phillips
Sylvie Strause ... Matron (as Sylvie Strauss)
Richard Knoll ... Dealer
Angelo Giouzelis ... Maitre D'
Mark Jamison ... Major Domo
Brendan Kelly ... Grocer
Sheila B. Wakely ... Store Clerk
X.V. Kelly ... Sheriff
Gary Shermaine ... Trucker
Gary Liddiard ... Townsman
Jerry Kurland ... Ampco Personnel
J. Carlton Adair ... Ampco Personnel
Charles J. Monahan ... Ampco Personnel
George W. Etter ... Ampco Personnel
Raymond G. Maupin ... Ampco Personnel
Bob C. Barrett ... Ampco Personnel
Red McIlvaine ... Reporter
Frank Nicholas ... Reporter
Johnny Magnus ... Reporter
Vic Vallaro ... Reporter
Bob Bailey ... Reporter
Roger Lowe ... Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Picking ... Woman blowing kiss to Sonny at Caesar's Palace (uncredited)

Sydney Pollack ... Man who makes pass at Alice (uncredited)

Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
Writing credits
Robert Garland (screenplay)

Paul Gaer (screen story) and
Robert Garland (screen story)

Shelly Burton (story)

David Rayfiel  uncredited

Produced by
Ronald L. Schwary .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Art Direction by
J. Dennis Washington 
Set Decoration by
Mary Swanson 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist: Miss Fonda
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist (as Marine Pedraza)
Production Management
Ronald L. Schwary .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director (as M. Michael Moore)
Bart Roe .... second assistant director
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Stephen Dane .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... welder (uncredited)
Sound Department
Neil Burrow .... sound assistant
Gordon Davidson .... supervising sound editor
John E. Davis .... sound assistant
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Al Overton Jr. .... production mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Robert A. Reich .... sound editor
William A. Sawyer .... sound editor (as William Sawyer)
Curt Schulkey .... sound editor (as Kurt Schulkey)
Ross Taylor .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts: chase sequence (as Bruce Paul Barboar)
Corky Behrle .... stunts: chase sequence
Kenny Endoso .... stunts: chase sequence (as Ken Endoso)
Ralph Garrett .... stunts: chase sequence
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt people
Mollie McCall .... stunt people
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts: chase sequence (as Conrad Palmisano)
Mary Peters .... stunts: chase sequence (as Mary K. Peters)
Rick Seaman .... stunts: chase sequence
Sonny Shields .... stunts: chase sequence
Rock A. Walker .... stunts: chase sequence (as Rock Walker)
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Bingham .... stills
James Glennon .... camera operator
Rob Hahn .... camera assistant
Ted Holt .... gaffer
Johnny E. Jensen .... camera assistant (as John Jensen)
Bob Rose .... key grip (as R. Reinholt Rose)
R. Reinholt Rose .... key grip
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jaki Baskow .... las vegas casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... costumer: women's (as Francine Jamison)
Richard La Motte .... costumer: men's (as Richard Lamotte)
Art Martinez .... costumer: men's
Rita Salazar .... costumer: women's
Annalisa Strickland .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marilyn Madderom .... assistant editor
Clayton Collins .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Tracy Granger .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Willie Nelson .... songs sung by
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (as Dan Walin)
Transportation Department
Gary Paulsen .... transportation coordinator
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Britton .... second assistant director
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Jack Hirshberg .... unit publicist
Mary Cay Hollander .... production coordinator
Bernardine Kent .... assistant: Mr. Pollack
Bernardine Kent .... choreographer
Don Kruger .... location manager
Kenneth Lee .... livestock supervisor (as Kenny Lee)
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor

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121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (1980) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:7 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (SubTV) (1991) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) (2002) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

This movie marked the first lead role in a movie after a three year hiatus for star Robert Redford who had put himself into semi-retirement and reclusive retreat at his mountaintop Utah ranch. Redford's return to the big-screen in this movie was much publicized.See more »
Continuity: The video footage shown on television of Sonny Steele's speech about the horse doesn't match what Alice would have actually shot. The camera movement, lighting and direction of where Steele was facing while talking is completely different.See more »
Man:Hey! Hey, Hallie, Hallie Martin! We met in New York, remember?
Hallie Martin:Did we like each other?
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Movie Connections:
My Heroes Have Always Been CowboysSee more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A simple tale of a simple man who sets himself and a horse, free., 9 May 1999
Author: rondine ( from Mesa, AZ

To those people who didn't understand this movie, perhaps they were expecting something other than a simple tale. In this effective movie, Robert Redford plays "Sonny" Steele, a former 5 time rodeo champion who now hocks breakfast cereal for the sinister corporation, Ampco. Although a world champion cowboy, Sonny is no good at selling cereal. When Ampco buys a thoroughbred horse to solidify a merger, Sonny is outraged at how the horse has been mistreated. When he steals the horse in an attempt to set it free & get it back to nature, he is in fact attempting to make right what is also wrong in his own life. Jane Fonda who plays Hallie Martin, a reporter, is also caught up in the hype when she tries to get the story on an exclusive. As she follows his story & his struggle to set the horse free in an appropriate place, she comes to understand Sonny the man. This charm of this movie is its underlying message of a simple life, unfettered by hypocrisy and falseness as the right way to live and the redemptive quality of a man returning to that. Understated directing and a good supporting cast make this a movie worth watching.

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