Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  24 May 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor W.F. Carver
Clifford Henderson
Mr. Slater
Nancy Moore Atchison ...
Arnette Webster
Aunt Helen
Lorianne Collins ...
Elizabeth Hayes ...
Miss Simpson
Laura Lee Norton ...
Mrs. Ellis
Michael J. Matusiak ...
Jeff Woodward ...
Reporter #1
David Massry ...
Reporter #2
Cheri Brown ...
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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.


Drama | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A coeur vaillant rien d'impossible  »

Box Office


$7,300,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


At the beginning of the movie when Sonora jumps the fence on Lightning on the way to school, he only breaks the top board of the fence. When the cows are breaking out of the field through the newly broken fence, both boards are suddenly broken. See more »


Al: You are a human being and there are limitations. You can't run away from it. You can't hide from it and you can't change it. It simply is.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Wild Barts Can't Be Broken (1999) See more »


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Performed by Eula Lawrence
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A charming film for young girls
18 January 2004 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was in third grade or so, and it was a favorite for a long time. You get gripped quickly by Sonora's stubbornness and determination to become a diving girl. The scenes where she practiced for that used to terrify me, what with all the horses thundering up the ramp and her leaping onto them to dive. The increasing drama of the latter part of the film would probably be too much to take for anyone past 14 or so, but before that age it's a great movie.

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