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Rodeo Girl (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 17 September 1980
Sammy Garrett, the wife of a champion rodeo performer, is tired of her subsidiary role at home as a housewife. So she becomes an aspiring rodeo rider herself, encouraged by her one-time ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy Garrett
Will Garrett
J.R. Patterson
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Bingo Gibbs
Doc Tanner
Elise Caitlin ...
Bonnie Sue
Savannah Bentley ...
Bucklind Beery ...
Dee Croxton ...
June Evett ...
Lisa Sanchez
Pamela Earnhardt ...
Bob Tallman ...
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Sammy Garrett, the wife of a champion rodeo performer, is tired of her subsidiary role at home as a housewife. So she becomes an aspiring rodeo rider herself, encouraged by her one-time performer mother and eventually confronts her new lifestyle despite her husband's disapproval. Based on the true story of rodeo champion Sue Pirtle. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sport


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17 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica del rodeo  »

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24 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: RODEO GIRL was release in theaters in the United States on September 17 1980 starring Katharine Ross, Bo Hopkins, and Candy Clark

SUMMARY: This picture hit movie theaters on September 17th 1980 starring the lovely Katherine Ross as Sammy Garrett, Bo Hopkins as Will Garrett and Candy Clark as J.R. Patterson. The movie opens with Sammy and her husband Will at arriving at the rodeo getting ready to compete. Sammy goes looking for her mother who's also involved in rodeo to borrow a scarf. Her mother gives her white one and Sammy tells her that's it's perfected. Sammy approaches Will wanting a new barrel riding horse so she can improve her chances at winning. Later in the day, Will goes bull riding when he's flip and cracks three ribs. The next day Sammy is out by the barn practicing roping a cow's head trying to improve her chances of winning in the roping the calf part of the rodeo. While sitting at the table Sammy tells Will that she wants to take her chances at riding wild horses in the rodeo. She wants just one time to feel the excitement of being on top of the wild horse and coming out of that gate. Enters Sammy's best friend and fellow rodeo rider herself, J.R. Patterson, who ask Sammy if she would be her partner in the Women Rodeo Association. Now according to J.R. they would be doing this only on the weekends, however as they continue to climb in standings they start to take on more and more events. Being gone every weekend is starting to get on Will nerves and to make matters worse Sammy gets some news from the doctor that throws a monkey wrench into her entire plans.

QUESTIONS Does Sammy get the chance to become a champion? Will it cause her to lose her marriage in the process?

MY THOUGHTS: I loved this movie right from the start because it kept your interest throughout the entire movie. Any movie that has cows in it would get my attention. However, there's was something more about this movie and that was Katherine Ross. I don't think you could've found a better leading lady to this role. Katherine was breath taking in this movie with not only her talent but her beauty also. You could tell that Katherine was determined to make this work just by the way she worked to become the champion she was hoping to be. Based on Katherine Ross performance alone in this picture I give this movie 10 weasel stars.

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