Sylvester (1985)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  15 March 1985 (USA)
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Charlie is a 16-year-old orphan struggling to raise her two younger brothers when she endeavors to train a rogue horse she names Sylvester and turn him into an eventing champion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yankton Hatten ...
Shane Serwin ...
Chris Pedersen ...
Ángel Salazar ...
Tommy John
Shizuko Hoshi ...
Mrs. Daniels
Richard Jamison ...
Capt. Marsh
Ariane de Vogue ...
Norman Bennett ...
Peter Kowanko ...
Harris (as Pete Kowanko)


Working in a Texas stockyard, breaking horses, Charlie's doing the best she can to support herself and her two brothers. But when she loses her job, she gets the idea to take her best bronco, Sylvester, and turn him into a lucrative profit by training him for three-day eventing. But since she knows little of dressage and show-jumping, it's going to take the help of her old boss, an ex-cavalryman, to get ready for competition. Written by Kathy Li

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15 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kon, zwany Sylwestrem  »

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The transfer from Shelly Boyle on Appaloosa to Sylvester, Rex Peterson used Tiz, Fox, Supertramp and Zane. See more »


When Charlie is being raped, she pulls out of character by obviously scratching what must be an itchy nose. See more »


Grant: Lord, bless this food and say hi to Mom & Dad. And bring me a 12-gauge if you can. Amen.
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Written by Gary Nicholson and Wayland Holyfield
Performed by Gail Davies
Courtesy of RCA Records, Inc.
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Not for kids
24 March 2006 | by (in Erie, CO) – See all my reviews

Parents, this movie is not for kids. I got this movie because my girls like horses and I wanted to see Melissa Gilbert in a different role. However, Melissa is no longer the innocent young girl from Little House on the Prairie; gratuitous profanity, sexual references, and frontal nudity during an attempted rape scene disqualify this as a family movie. It's unfortunate because the story line is actually good. Her hard work and dedication bring her to a decision point that will impact the rest of her life. As another review elsewhere wrote: while entirely predictable, and the story of a come-from-nowhere horse and rider may be cliché, the acting is believable and the riding shots are well-done.

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