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The Cowboy and the Ballerina (1984)

A champion rodeo rider falls in love with a Russian ballerina who is trying to defect.


Jerry Jameson




Credited cast:
Lee Majors ... Bob Clayton (aka Clay)
Leslie Wing ... Natalia
Christopher Lloyd ... Woody
James Booth James Booth ... Col. Gori
Antoinette Bower ... Mme. Rostov
George De La Pena
Steven Ford ... Wes Butler
Anjelica Huston
John McIntire ... Doc
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Andrews Roy Andrews ... Doorman
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ... Adam
Severn Darden ... Mike
Joseph DeAngelo Joseph DeAngelo ... Porter
Steve Eastin ... FBI agent
Paul Hamill ... Dancer


A champion rodeo rider falls in love with a Russian ballerina who is trying to defect.

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Release Date:

23 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avhopparen See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Remake of The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) See more »

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a timeless story that deals with the gritty moments of life
31 October 2002 | by beechgroveSee all my reviews

This movie views as fresh today as the year it was first aired. It has something for both adults and children, and hence makes great family viewing. Children dream of what they might become. For some it is cowboys, or ballerinas. The cynics would say these are popular culture stereotypes. But in this movie they are real characters, flaws and all.

It deals with the stuff of dreams, and the stuff of life. Dissolution/exhaustion with career, family, and the fragility of relationships. It also explores what happens when dreams hit reality, how things change over time as the main characters mature,and how two adults try and hold onto their dreams. When two strangers meet they are both at pivotal points in their lives, both personally and professionally. As Clay says to Natalia "Love isn't a strong enough word for it. sometimes I hate it! But... it's what I live for, you know?"

Features some great rodeo action, including bull and bronco riding by Lee Majors' character Clay.

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