Harley is a 'troubled teen' from L.A. who is arrested. A progressive social worker has Harley sent to Texas to live with the Nortons, an open-minded, heartful Christian family, and spend ...
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C. Thomas Howell,
Lou Diamond Phillips
Harley is a 'troubled teen' from L.A. who is arrested. A progressive social worker has Harley sent to Texas to live with the Nortons, an open-minded, heartful Christian family, and spend two months on their ranch. Surrounded by a town full of doddering hicks, Harley takes on ranch chores, learns to ride horses, and finds love in a local girl while the Nortons try to bring him into the fold. Eventually Harley chooses to release his pain in exchange for a return to faith, culminating in his calling for God's help to save the life of the burglar who framed him. Written by
A social worker in Los Angeles decides to send young Harley (no last name) to a ranch in Texas where it is hoped that being around the all American Norton family will cure this incipient dilemma of his law breaking ways.
During the course of things Harley runs afoul of a local family who has it in for the family he's staying with, but things do work out in the end.
Harley was made a few years earlier at the same time Lou Diamond Phillips's other Texas based film Dakota was. In its original running time, Harley has a more explicit Christian message to it.
Unfortunately the scene where Eli Cummins explains to Lou the benefits of his faith is what is edited out. The VHS that I have doesn't have that scene, I saw it on a television broadcast of this film. Without that scene the whole rest of the film is hard to fathom.
Still it's entertaining enough for fans of Lou Diamond Phillips.
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