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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 (30 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:

Jim Backus ... Mr. Magoo (voice) (uncredited)
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
Alvin Sargent  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)
Mike Moschella .... extra makeup artist (uncredited)
Shirley Padgett .... extra hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ronald L. Schwary .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Britton .... second assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin .... first assistant director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director (as M. Michael Moore)
Bart Roe .... second assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin .... dga trainee (uncredited)
John R. Kittleson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Bart Batholomew .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Robert A. Blackburn .... propmaker (uncredited)
Stephen Dane .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Paul De Santis .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Alan DeCuir .... swing gang (uncredited)
Cliff Dietrich .... construction laborer (uncredited)
Michael R. Gannon .... lead man (uncredited)
Emad Helmy .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jaymes Hinkle .... scenic sign painter (uncredited)
Jerry Jordan .... swing gang (uncredited)
Bill Knight .... painter (uncredited)
Robin Lewis West .... propmaker (uncredited)
Willie Marceau .... propmaker (uncredited)
Al Marquez .... propmaker (uncredited)
Chuck Olin .... construction laborer (uncredited)
Bud Pine .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
William Powley .... construction painter (uncredited)
Clarence Quintan .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Terry Rittmiller .... drapery (uncredited)
Bill Seymour .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Chuck Stein .... construction foreman (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
Ronald Long .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
Dennis Dion .... special effects (uncredited)
Walter Dion .... special effects (uncredited)
Cy Guerrier .... special effects (uncredited)
John J. Hawkins .... special effects (uncredited)
Don Sevart .... special effects (uncredited)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
A.J. Thrasher .... special effects (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 .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Everett .... electrician (uncredited)
Dennis Greene .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Bud Heller .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Lambers .... best boy (uncredited)
Joe Pender .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ward Russell .... best boy (uncredited)
Ted Schwimer .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jaki Baskow .... casting: Las Vegas
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... costumer: women (as Francine Jamison)
Richard La Motte .... costumer: men (as Richard Lamotte)
Art Martinez .... costumer: men
Rita Salazar .... costumer: women
Anna Lisa Chally .... assistant costumer: women (uncredited)
Richard Labansat .... assistant costumer: men (uncredited)
Annalisa Strickland .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marilyn Madderom .... assistant editor
Clayton Collins .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
David Garfield .... assistant editor: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tracy Granger .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Robert E. Pew .... apprentice assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Don Kruger .... location manager
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)
Michael Connolly .... driver (uncredited)
George Cozze .... driver (uncredited)
Bob Howell .... driver (uncredited)
Alan Lee .... horse driver (uncredited)
Richard Padgett .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Jeff F. Renfro .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Nate Rubin .... driver (uncredited)
William Vreeland .... driver (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
Kenneth Lee .... livestock supervisor (as Kenny Lee)
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Harold Bates .... wrangler (uncredited)
Richard Hennerly Jr. .... projectionist (uncredited)
Jerry Jackson .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Grant Olson .... craft service (uncredited)
Rex Peterson .... wrangler (uncredited)
Jim Porter .... first aid (uncredited)
Victor T. Salant .... auditor (uncredited)
Joe Schultz .... caterer (uncredited)
Michael Schultz .... caterer (uncredited)
Marilyn Tasso .... assistant to auditor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (1980) | Peru:Apt | 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 | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

First of three collaborations of actor Wilford Brimley and director Sydney Pollack. The films are The Firm (1993), Absence of Malice (1981), and The Electric Horseman (1979).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 »
Sonny Steele:You've had a hard day. Why don't you scrunch down in the bag?
Hallie Martin:Oh, I wish it were that easy. I don't sleep.
Sonny:Ever? How old are you?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
My Heroes Have Always Been CowboysSee more »


Can Someone Advise Why PG Rating for this Film? Thanks
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15 out of 19 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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