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Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.

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Coming of age story set in the mountain vistas, A headstrong 16 year old Katy McLaughlin desires to work on her family's mountainside horse ranch, although her father insists she finish boarding school. Katy finds a mustang in the hills near her ranch. Katy then sets her mind to tame a mustang and prove to her father she can run the ranch. But when tragedy happens, it will take all the love and strength the family can muster to restore hope. Written by devine308

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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My Friend Flicka  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,703,551 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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$20,998,709 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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Trivia

Christie Hayes was originally chosen by the director and producer to play Miranda, but the studio wanted Kaylee DeFer. See more »

Goofs

The Never Summer Mountains, referenced in the very beginning of the film, are in Colorado, not Wyoming. See more »

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Katherine "Katie" McLoughlin: [narration] I live on top of the world... in the Never Summer Mountains of Wyoming, 8,000 feet closer to the sky. In my mountains when spring finally comes to save me from a perpetual winter, the world comes to life again and I remember what it is I'm here for. I'm the only daughter in a long line of ranchers and when we let our horses out for the first time every spring, I love to watch them rediscover the world. I can see in them an expression of my own restless spirit. Charged ...
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Because of the accidental death of two horses during filming, the usual disclaimer of "No animals were harmed in the making of this film" does not appear in the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Arrête ton cinéma! (2016) See more »

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Weight Of The World
Written and performed by Chantal Kreviazuk
Courtesy of Columbia Records/ SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (Canada)
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Attacked by a Cougar
10 December 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

This story in its original incarnation had some appeal. Coming of age, proving one's self, contact with nature — which in the original story was clearly conflated with confronting wild adolescent hormones. This was also the case of the "girl's" version "National Velvet" filmed immediately after the first, 1943, film of "My Friend Flicka."

Both of those new-sex-as-wild-horse stories were sappy and ordinary on the surface, but solid enough to last, to (almost) become a classics. Now see what has happened here: this fairly simple natural form has been beset upon by wildcats who have shredded it, turning it into the opposite of what it wants to be.

In the original form, the parents are simply dim but good. Everyone in the story is baffled by puberty, and only differ on how to handle it. In this disemboweled version, the girl is simply wild. She was wild before, during and presumably after we see her. Her dumbfounded parents only know how to fight, not to counsel. In the original, at the end is a harmony, a merging of child and beast where the beast is tamed and controllable and the child now empowered.

In this mortally wounded carcass, the girl wants to remain wild. We know she will be promiscuous, live unhappily (probably creating some new unhappy kids) and die. We know she will be sick or wounded but defiant in every event in her life. We know her parents will comply eventually to every request and wonder why they should be so cursed.

What a strange thing to celebrate harmful obstinacy. I suppose it is one legacy of how we sell presidents in the US.

And the cinematography. I found it ordinary in every respect.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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