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Palomino (1991)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 21 October 1991
After the break up of her marriage, photographer Samantha Taylor retreats to the sanctuary of friend Caroline Lord's California ranch. An excellent rider, Samantha is initially given a ... See full summary »


Michael Miller


Danielle Steel (novel), Karol Ann Hoeffner (teleplay)




Complete credited cast:
Lindsay Frost ... Samantha Taylor
Eva Marie Saint ... Caroline Lord
Rod Taylor ... Bill King
Beau Gravitte ... Charlie
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Josh
Daniel Davis ... Doctor
Ryan Todd ... Timmie
Peter Bergman ... Warren Taylor
Lee Horsley ... Tate Jordan
Rose Portillo Rose Portillo ... Donna
Kelly Miracco ... Liz Corey (as Kelly Miller)
Blake Conway Blake Conway ... Mike Holly
Andi Chapman ... Therapist #2
David Drummond David Drummond ... Therapist #1
Ashley Bank ... Heather


After the break up of her marriage, photographer Samantha Taylor retreats to the sanctuary of friend Caroline Lord's California ranch. An excellent rider, Samantha is initially given a frosty welcome by the ranch hands, but she begins to gain their respect as they see that she is more than able on a horse and in their environment. Samantha falls in love with ranch hand Tate Jordan, and they share a deep and passionate love until Tate finds out that Samantha's ex-husband is popular and wealthy news anchor Warren Taylor. Ashamed by his profession and his 'status', he leaves the ranch. Samantha is heartbroken once again and tries to assuage her pain by embarking on a project photographing the 'real' cowboys of the west. Whilst visiting a ranch in California, Samantha breaks her back in an accident and is paralysed, and must learn how to walk - and ride - again. Caroline Lord tragically dies but leaves her ranch to Samantha, who turns it into a riding school for paralysed children. ... Written by Stacey Mitchell <staceym@btinternet.com>

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This is the third time in which Eva Marie Saint and Rod Taylor appeared together. The first two were in the Civil War drama "Raintree County in 1959 and then in suspenseful war drama "36 Hours." See more »


When Timmy is first learning to ride a horse, he, Sam and the foreman are outside; Sam is sitting in a wheelchair due to being paralyzed from the waist down. At one point, sam's left leg can be seen moving up and down. A paralyzed person wouldn't be able to do that without help. See more »


Bill King: I guess I missed you today.
Caroline Lord: I thought about you today, too.
Bill King: Did you?
Caroline Lord: Mmm-hmm.
Caroline Lord: Do you realize in the last five years we've only had Sunday breakfast together about eighteen times?
Bill King: Now ain't you got better things to do than count out Sundays?
Caroline Lord: I'm tired of you leaving in the middle of the night. I want you here every morning. I want to sit down at the breakfast table with you in the morning and see you looking across your paper at me.
Bill King: Watching me eat Post ToastiesĀ® ain't all that glamorous honey.
Caroline Lord: ...
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Heartfelt, passionate love story will bring out all the emotions
19 September 2017 | by rochelleboivinSee all my reviews

Highly recommend this passionate story from America's beloved Queen of romance, Danielle Steel.

Lee Horsley brings the heat as rugged cowboy Tate Donovan, and Lindsay Frost is perfect as Samantha Taylor, the blonde New Yorker who flies to California to visit longtime friend Caroline Lord at the ranch.

Fueled by passion, anger, tragedy, desire, heartbreak and triumph, "PALOMINO" will warm your heart, bring out all the possible emotions a human can feel.

Well-written script by Karol Ann Hoeffner, who adapted Steel's novel as well as other Steel books.

As a longtime Steel reader, I've enjoyed a wide array of her TV movies, but this one claims the prize as the most loved.

The breathtaking scenery of southern California and the rolling, golden hills provide the perfect romantic backdrop, along with horses, cowboys and a great cast. PALOMINO will not disappoint.

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21 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Danielle Steel - Palomino See more »

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