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The Electric Horseman (1979)

A rodeo star past his prime steals his company's horse and rides into the desert, with a feisty reporter accompanying him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sonny
... Hallie
... Charlotta
... Wendell
... Hunt Sears
... Fitzgerald
... Danny
... Farmer
... Gus
... Toland
... Leroy
... Dietrich (as James B. Sikking)
James Kline ... Tommy
Frank Speiser ... Bernie
... Bud Broderick (as Quinn Redeker)
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Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are going drug the horse in case its too frisky, he rides off into the desert... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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21 December 1979 (USA)  »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

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$61,801,971
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Robert Redford used four of his costars - Nicolas Coster, Basil Hoffman, James Sikking and Quinn Redeker - the following year in his directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980). (He had also previously worked with Timothy Scott in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.) See more »

Goofs

When Sonny rides the horse out of Caesars Palace and up the Las Vegas strip past neighboring hotels, he passes at least one casino (famous Vegas Vic cowboy sign outside of Pioneer Club) that is miles away in downtown Las Vegas. See more »

Quotes

Man: Hey! Hey, Hallie, Hallie Martin! We met in New York, remember?
Hallie Martin: Did we like each other?
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Sydney Pollack (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

So You Think You're a Cowboy
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Composed by Hank Cochran
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Seen this movie 100 times
15 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

OK, first, to the reviewer that suggested "too much Fonda" and would have liked to see Susan St. James or Jennifer Warren in the role of Alice, you are forbidden from ever reviewing again. Fonda was perfect, and more on that later.

Second, this is not about a cowboy freeing a horse who is about to be drugged, as some reviewers have said. The horse was drugged from the beginning. Sonny noticed it, and that was a contributing factor to his subsequent actions.

This movie is about a man who strayed far from who he was, and who sought to find himself again. The horse is metaphoric: it is drugged, exploited, and broken, just like the man. So, the man attempts to find himself, as he helps the horse find itself again, so to speak. And, in the process of trying to report the story, the Fonda character attempts to find herself as well, for she has become neurotic, pill-popping, and uptight in her quest to become a star reporter. And, of course, as they travel the countryside, we find America.

Back to Fonda. Fonda's casting has always been that of the strong but flawed "career" woman, from "Barbarella", to "Klute", to "Electric Horseman". She is independent, doesn't need a man. As the tough and aggressive reporter in personal crisis, she is cast perfectly. St. James has neither the strength nor the necessary equal dose of vulnerability that Fonda can muster. This is about chemistry as well. Redford and Fonda have teamed up before, and the chemistry is proved.

So this brilliant and simple story illustrates and creatively reinforces the the idea of straying from true nature, and the need to find it again.

VERY good film.


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