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My Old Man (1979)

An unlucky horse trainer, Frank Butler, wins big at the track and buys his 16-year old daughter a horse to salvage their relationship. When frank is hurt prior to the opening race, Jo must go it alone.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Jerome Kass (teleplay), Ernest Hemingway (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Jo Butler
Warren Oates ... Frank Butler
Eileen Brennan ... Marie
Joseph Maher ... Phil Kiley
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Shimmy
Jess Osuna Jess Osuna ... Matt
David Margulies ... Chubby
Mark Arnold ... Roy Kiley
Michael Jeter ... George Gardner
Peter Maloney ... Veterinarian
Kenneth Kimmins ... Andy
Carol Teitel Carol Teitel ... Phoebe
Brandon Maggart ... Mule
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Doctor
Michael Prince Michael Prince ... Stanley
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An unlucky horse trainer, Frank Butler, wins big at the track and buys his 16-year old daughter a horse to salvage their relationship. When frank is hurt prior to the opening race, Jo must go it alone.

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They said a lot of bad things about my father. But they didn't know the real man behind the rumors...and it took all my love and faith to prove them wrong.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Η τελευταία κούρσα See more »

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Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Underwhelming racetrack drama with hard-shelled sentiment and tearjerker aspirations...
10 March 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ernest Hemingway's short story, originally filmed in 1950 as "Under My Skin", was about a crooked jockey hoping to reform for the sake of his worshipful son; this TV-adaptation--designed to showcase teenage star Kristy McNichol--changes the son to an estranged daughter and the jockey to a penniless horse-trainer trying to recapture his former glory. The two characters butt heads but don't seem to share the same temperament--it's all fabricated. Kristy's character lives in an isolated bubble, with no friends, no background, and an interest in horses which rears itself up suddenly. It might have been a more tolerable family drama without Dominic Frontiere's dripping, cloying strings on the soundtrack, not to mention a ready-made love-interest for the father (and mama for the girl) in a hash-slinging waitress who has just purchased a beautiful house in the country. This is strictly a racetrack fairy tale, and not a very convincing one at that. One of McNichol's few mediocre performances; Warren Oates crinkles his eyes and bellows in appropriate fashion.


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