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Sylvester -- Melissa Gilbert made her movie debut in this National Velvet style story of a girl and her horse. With the help of Richard Farnsworth and Michael Schoeffling, Melissa trains a wild horse, Sylvester, and goes on to win a show competition.


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15 March 1985 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Farnsworth ... Foster

Melissa Gilbert ... Charlie

Michael Schoeffling ... Matt

Constance Towers ... Muffy
Yankton Hatten ... Grant
Shane Serwin ... Seth
Chris Pedersen ... Red
Ángel Salazar ... Tommy John

Arliss Howard ... Peter
Shizuko Hoshi ... Mrs. Daniels
Richard Jamison ... Capt. Marsh

James Gammon ... Steve
Ariane de Vogue ... Ariane
Norman Bennett ... Lenny
Peter Kowanko ... Harris (as Pete Kowanko)
Sam Laws ... Sammy

Victoria Gallegos ... Seamstress
Nigel Casserley ... Announcer
Barbara Brumley ... Secretary
Dabney Garrett Munson ... Judge
Helmut Graetz ... Dressage Official
Earl John McElroy ... Auctioneer
Brian T. O'Connor ... Broadcaster
Stuart Silbar ... Broadcaster
Maggie Wise Riley ... Steward
J.P. Robertson ... Trucker
Michael Osborne ... Irish Trainer
Linda Snead ... Steward
Dan W. Lufkin ... Starter (as Dan Lufkin)

Directed by
Tim Hunter 
Writing credits
Carol Sobieski (written by)

Produced by
Martin Jurow .... producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Hiro Narita 
Film Editing by
David Garfield 
Suzanne Pettit 
Howard E. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
Casting by
Pennie DuPont  (as Pennie du Pont)
Production Design by
James William Newport  (as James W. Newport)
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox 
Costume Design by
Sharon Day 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist (as Jim Scribner)
Production Management
Don Goldman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Crowley .... first assistant director (as Pat Crowley)
Ric Kidney .... second assistant director
Nancy King .... second assistant director: second unit
Daniel McCauley .... first assistant director: second unit (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Michael Moore)
Art Department
Tom Duffield .... set designer (as Thomas A. Duffield)
Mike Gammon .... assistant property master
Fred Lucky .... illustrator
Udi Nedevi .... lead man
James F. Orendorff .... construction coordinator (as Jim Ordendorff)
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master (as Vic Petrotta)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Wayne L. Artman)
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Doreen A. Dixon .... adr editor
Petur Hliddal .... sound mixer
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor
Steve Klinghoffer .... cable person (as Steven Klinghoffer)
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Roger Pietschmann .... boom operator
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden .... sound editor (as Don Walden)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Clay Boss .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Shelley S. Boyle .... stunts (as Shelly Peterson)
Roger Creed .... stunt driver
Richard Epper .... stunts
Cindy Folkerson .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator
Joie Gatlin .... stunt utility
Gene Hartline .... stunt driver
Johnny Hock .... stunts (as John Hock)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (as Walt LaRue)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Joan Randall .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt driver
Greg Walker .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Anderson .... camera operator: second unit
Rob Archer .... best boy
Vincent Baldino .... assistant camera (as Vince Baldino)
Kathie Barrett .... special photography
Robert W. Faison .... assistant camera (as Robert Faison)
Maggie Fox .... assistant camera
Gary Jay .... assistant camera
Fred McClane .... assistant camera: second unit
J. Michael McClary .... camera operator: second unit (as Michael McClary)
Robert McClure .... gaffer
Rexford L. Metz .... director of photography: second unit (as Rexford Metz)
Frank Miller .... camera operator
Edwin Myers .... camera operator (as Ed Myers)
Mark A. Parsons .... key grip (as Mark Parsons)
Mary Phelps .... special photography
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... key grip: second unit (as Manny Vouniozos)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Leslie Danis .... casting assistant
Karen Standard .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Starr Dresner .... costume supervisor
George L. Little .... costumer: men (as George Little)
L. Sher Williams .... wardrober (as Sher Williams)
Editorial Department
Cheryl Bloch .... assistant editor
Cari Coughlin .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jane Atkinson .... location consultant: Kentucky
Ray Barnidge .... location consultant: Marfa
Patricia Fay .... location manager (as Pat Fay)
Music Department
Ira Hearshen .... orchestrator
Lee Holdridge .... orchestrator
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Kern .... transportation captain
Ron Kern .... transportation coordinator
Russ Powell .... transportation captain
Marti Wells .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Benita Allen .... equestrian consultant
C.W. Anderson .... quotation from "The Crooked Colt"
Frank Capra III .... production intern
Hilary Clark .... unit publicist
Dennis Gassner .... title designer
Gary Jules Jouvenat .... auditor (as Gary Jouvenat)
Trish Kinney .... script supervisor
Nancy McLachlin .... horse trainer
Christy Morais .... production assistant
Donna Peters .... production secretary
Rex Peterson .... horse trainer
Dorothy Peth .... horse trainer
Corky Randall .... livestock coordinator (as Buford 'Corky' Randall)
Janis Rockwell-Strong .... production coordinator
Tim Roper .... production assistant
Jonathon Rosenfeld .... production assistant
Eileen Spiropoulos .... assistant to producer
Jeffrey Wetzel .... production assistant (as Jeff Wetzel)
Todd J. Adelman .... medic: second unit (uncredited)
Michael Roberts .... production accountant (uncredited)
Kim Walnes .... special thanks: riding sequences
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
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Did You Know?

The horse which was the stand-in for Slyvester was The Gray Goose who competed several times at the Horse Park at the Advanced level.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Charlie is being raped, she pulls out of character by obviously scratching what must be an itchy nose.See more »
Grant:I don't want to go to Oklahoma either. There's nothing but trash in Oklahoma. They don't even know how to play football...See more »


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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Not for kids, 24 March 2006
Author: tedknapp-1 ( from in Erie, CO

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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