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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

This is the story of Sonora Webster, a teenage runaway during the Depression. Her life's ambition is to travel to Atlantic City, where "all your dreams come true." After leaving home she ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Doctor W.F. Carver
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Clifford Henderson
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Mr. Slater
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Arnette Webster
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Aunt Helen
Lorianne Collins ...
Clarabelle
Elizabeth Hayes ...
Miss Simpson
Laura Lee Norton ...
Mrs. Ellis
Michael J. Matusiak ...
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Jeff Woodward ...
Reporter #1
David Massry ...
Reporter #2
Cheri Brown ...
Attractive Girl
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This is the story of Sonora Webster, a teenage runaway during the Depression. Her life's ambition is to travel to Atlantic City, where "all your dreams come true." After leaving home she accepts a job from Dr. Carver and his girl-and-horse high diving act. Starting out as a stable hand her goal is to become a real diving girl. Dr. Carver's son, Al, helps her in her quest by helping her tame a wild horse she's named Lightning. Their early morning practices lead not only to Sonora being put into training as a diving girl, but also for Al's emotions for Sonora to begin to surface. Al leaves after an argument with his father and the diver girl, Marie, is injured in a practice. Sonora finally takes her place and becomes a real diving girl. The act is thriving but fairgrounds are suffering hard times and the show is closed. Al comes back with the surprise revelation of getting the act booked in Atlantic City. Dr. Carver passes away en route to New Jersey and Al takes over. He asks Sonora to... Written by Heather Kantrowitz

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The inspiring true-life adventure of a courageous young rebel who defied the odds...and won.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A coeur vaillant rien d'impossible  »

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$7,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Last acting work of Michael Schoeffling, who quit the film business in the early 1990's to concentrate in his own selling furniture business. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Sonora rips the lace off her skirt to use as a rope to guide the horse with the lace is short as she puts it on her horse, but then after she jumps on her horse the lace is all of a sudden twice as long. See more »

Quotes

Sonora: I can do it because I can do anything!
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Wild Barts Can't Be Broken (1999) See more »

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On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City
Written by Mack Gordon and Josef Myrow
Performed by Gabrielle Anwar
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6 January 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie as a teen and would not hesitate to show it to my family. This is a sweet movie about overcoming adversity and realizing your dreams, and does not pander to the juvenile tastes that prevail in many family movies today.

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken has intelligent, thoughtful dialogue, and addresses some of our deeper fears, i.e. losing family, not being wanted, and other problems that Sonora encounters throughout the movie. Sonora also has a romantic interest that is played out in a very family-oriented way, not full of the bawdy humor that current moviemakers feel is necessary, even in children's movies.

On the negative side, most of the time you are rooting for Sonora, and at other times her abrasive "I can do it myself" attitude can be somewhat annoying, but I guess that's what made her a star!


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