Edit
The Electric Horseman (1979) Poster

Trivia

Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) signs the divorce papers right-handed. However, Robert Redford is famously left-handed.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Jump to: Director Cameo (2)
The name of Sonny Steele's horse in the film is "Rising Star". The star steed was played by a five year old bay thoroughbred called "Let's Merge" after a six month equine talent scout. Robert Redford bought the horse after production was complete and owned him for 18 years before the horse passed away.
Robert Redford did all of his own riding stunts in the film.
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This movie was inspired by a case where The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971) invited Penny Chenery in 1973 to bring her horse, the legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat to appear on the show. Chenery, knowing her horse wouldn't care for a TV studio, declined.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Debut as an actor in a film for Willie Nelson. Nelson also sang five songs for the film's soundtrack.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Gus responds to Hallie Martin's query about Sonny's whereabouts, the lines "like a flutterin' bird... like a mist... and blocks out the sun" are actually taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses: they are spoken by the Dawn, who laments her son's death on the plains of Troy.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Most of the location shooting was done in Utah, USA near actor Robert Redford's home. This provided a tax break for Redford and also made things convenient for him as Redford had been living in seclusion in Utah for a few years.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Reportedly, a 20 second kissing scene took 48 takes to film and cost US $280,000 to shoot due to interruptions caused by traveling thunder storms.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
First of three collaborations for actors Wilford Brimley and Robert Redford. Their subsequent pictures would be Brubaker (1980) and The Natural (1984).
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda previously starred together in The Chase (1966) and Barefoot in the Park (1967). Both actors made their feature film debuts in Tall Story (1960) while this picture is their last (currently) star teaming. This film was one of seven pictures director Sydney Pollack made with Redford while Pollack had previously worked with Fonda on They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969).
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The top grossing picture of the fall period at the American box-office in 1979. Moreover, the movie was the eleventh highest-grossing picture of 1979 in the same territory.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of numerous collaborations of composer Dave Grusin and director Sydney Pollack.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The 1979 picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound but lost out to Apocalypse Now (1979).
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The horse used in the film was later used by director Sydney Pollack when helping to create the 1984 TriStar Pictures logo.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of a mini Hollywood cycle of studio pictures involving modern country and western/rodeo characters made around 1979/80. The others were Bronco Billy (1980) and Urban Cowboy (1980).
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
After The China Syndrome (1979), this is the second consecutive film in which Jane Fonda plays a television journalist.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The film's title "The Electric Horseman" comes from the movie's iconic "electric cowboy suit". The outfit was an electrified cowboy suit which was decorated with hundreds of very small flashing light globes. When Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) rides the rodeo horse, the saddle is a matching electrified one.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of two contemporary westerns genre pieces that actress Jane Fonda starred in during the 1970s. The films were Comes a Horseman (1978) and The Electric Horseman (1979). Both featured the word "Horseman" in the title.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The nickname of Alice Martin (Jane Fonda) was "Hallie" whilst the nickname of Norman Steele (Robert Redford) was "Sonny".
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Star Billing: Robert Redford (1st), Jane Fonda (2nd), Valerie Perrine (3rd) and Willie Nelson (4th).
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Some movie posters featured a long blurb that read: "Tell me Norman . . . did you think it was going to be this tough to get rid of a pain in the ass like me? . . . . . Ma'am, I had no idea".
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Some film posters for this movie emphasized the star teaming of its two big star leads of Robert Redford and Jane Fonda by exclaiming in capital letters in a large red font typeface: "REDFORD - FONDA - ELECTRIC".
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Robert Redford used four of his costars - Nicolas Coster, Basil Hoffman, James Sikking and Quinn Redeker - the following year in his directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980). (He had also previously worked with Timothy Scott in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.)
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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).
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of three cinema movie collaborations of actor-singer Willie Nelson and producer-director Sydney Pollack. The three pictures are [in order]: The Electric Horseman (1979) (their first film), Honeysuckle Rose (1980) (their second movie), and Songwriter (1984) (their third and final flick). Nelson appears in all three pictures with lead starring roles in all but the first where Nelson had a supporting part. Pollack acted in three different capacities on the three films: as a director, an executive producer, and a producer respectively.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Director Cameo 

Sydney Pollack: Seen making a pass at Jane Fonda during a Las Vegas convention. Also, seen dealing cards in the first casino scene a Caesar's Palace. He is wearing a white shirt.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Sydney Pollack: As the voice of Les, Hallie Martin's boss, on the phone when she calls from the coffee shop to say that she's interviewed Sonny Steele.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page