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Turning Off to the Races
wes-connors from Los Angeles
18 January 2010
Precocious eleven-year-old Leelee Sobieski (as Danielle "Danny"
Fortuna) won't make friends with kids her own age, which worries uncle
Robert Urich (as Edward "Eddie" Fortuna). Instead, the cute tomboyish
little Ms. Sobieski like to hang around the racetrack, with stableman
Ron Brice (as Gerald) and bookie Erik Jensen (as Mooney). Showing good
horse sense, Sobieski persuades Mr. Urich to invest in a rambunctious
yearling. He's quickly ready to send off to the races, but will "Tom
Thumb" bring home the bacon?
"You know what you're trouble is," Urich tells Sobieski, "You're too
old for your age."
Probably, the cute kid acting wiser than her years was supposed to be
this dull TV movie's main appeal. This story may also be attempting
originality by discarding some "kid with a horse" film clichés - there
is no traditional young romance, no traditional tear-jerking scene, and
young Sobieski doesn't even ride "A Horse for Danny" to his climactic
big race; instead, Brian Michael (as Kent) takes the reigns. There is
some ending drama on the track, though. The autumn Kentucky locations
are the highlight.
**** A Horse for Danny (4/8/95) Dick Lowry ~ Leelee Sobieski, Robert
Urich, Ron Brice, Gary Basaraba
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