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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
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Reporter #2
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Attractive Girl


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?


Burt Reynolds turned down the role of Doctor W.F. Carver. See more »


When Sonora and Clifford are talking by the hot dog roaster at the carnival, for the first shot, the chain is off the sprocket then suddenly is back on in the second shot. See more »


Clifford: [to Sonora] Thanks for... spittin' on me.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) See more »


On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City
Written by Mack Gordon and Josef Myrow
Performed by Gabrielle Anwar
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Nice Lead Actress & Inspiring Story
12 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't think this was as good as hyped at the time of its release, but it was still a nice, old-fashioned film and Gabrielle Anwar as "Sonora Webster" was a pleasure to watch. I'm sorry she never developed into a major star, although she's stayed busy in her acting career.

This is a based-on-a true story and if a woman really performed diving horse acts while blind, well, that is incredible. This is certainly an inspiring story.

I enjoyed looking at the recreation of the Atlantic City Boardboard during its heyday. Oveall, the colors could have been better in this film, however. There was too much brown, but it's not a major problem.

The story is the thing here and in that aspect, it's a winner.

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