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The Red Pony (1973)

Unrated | | Drama, Family, Western | TV Movie 18 March 1973
A young farmboy who can't seem to communicate with his father develops an attachment to a young red pony.

Director:

Robert Totten

Writers:

Ron Bishop (teleplay), John Steinbeck (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Carl Tiflin
Maureen O'Hara ... Ruth Tiflin
Ben Johnson ... Jess Taylor
Jack Elam ... Granddad
Clint Howard ... Jody Tiflin
Julian Rivero ... Gitano
Roy Jenson ... Toby
Lieux Dressler ... Dearie
Richard Jaeckel ... James Creighton
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Orville Frye
Link Wyler Link Wyler ... Sonny Frye
Warren Douglas ... Barton
Rance Howard ... Sheriff Bill Smith
Yvonne Wood Yvonne Wood ... Sarah Taylor
Sally Carter-Ihnat Sally Carter-Ihnat ... Miss Willis
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Storyline

A young farmboy who can't seem to communicate with his father develops an attachment to a young red pony.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Potro Vermelho See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Henry Fonda and Jack Elam appeared in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Firecreek (1968). See more »

Quotes

Ruth Tiflin: and you sold the old cows, you bought a pony, you had a few drinks somewhere along the way. You ran into Jess Taylor and you and he got in a fight together ah I'd say you had quite a day
Carl Tiflin: Wait a minute, me and Jess didn't fight one another
Ruth Tiflin: I didn't say that, you never do, it just that he seems to bring out the worse in you and you bring out in him, someone else always catches it all I can say is thank god for small favors Your home
Carl Tiflin: You sure are Pretty
Ruth Tiflin: Thank you sir, and so are you. For a big ...
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Well done but not a film I adored....
21 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The title of the film proudly calls it 'John Steinbeck's "The Red Pony"'...and I guess if you adore John Steinbeck, that's a big selling point for this remake. But it didn't mean a lot to me...and I realize he is a beloved 20th century writer...but the movie left me rather flat. It had its moments and featured some fine actors...but the film meant nothing more to me.

The story is that of a family, but particularly focuses on the stern and generally unlikable Carl (Henry Fonda) and his young son, Jody (Clint Howard). Carl has great difficulty showing emotion and rides his son awfully hard. The boy, as a result, is rather soft...and the story is how the two come to find a common bond through some horses. Whatever.

The bottom line is that despite Steinbeck's revered name, the weakest part of the film was the story. It was rather slow and took a meandering course...but at least the acting was very nice. In addition to the two above, Maureen O'Hara and Jack Elam (playing her father...though the two were born only about two months apart) star in this made for TV remake of the old Robert Mitchum film.


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