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Wind Dancer (1993)

PG | | Drama, Family | 1993 (USA)
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When a young girl is injured by a riding accident, she overcomes her injury with the help of her family and her beloved horse.


Craig Clyde


Craig Clyde (screenplay), Craig Clyde (story by) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Harris ... Susan Allen
Matt McCoy ... Jim McDonald
Raeanin Simpson Raeanin Simpson ... Paige McDonald
Brian Keith ... Truman Richards
Nicholas Guest ... Raymond Wallace
Don Shanks ... Halfmoon
Craig Clyde ... Dr. Sloan
Pamela Guest ... Nicole Annaud
Hans Petersen Hans Petersen ... Hot Dog Vender
Jana Fillmore Jana Fillmore ... Paige's Friend Paula
Lacy Lacy ... Wind Dancer
Spuds Spuds ... B.W.
Joe ProFaizer Joe ProFaizer ... Auctioneer (voice)
Mary Nickles Mary Nickles ... Reporter (voice)
Kelly Peacock Kelly Peacock ... Race Announcer (voice)


When a young girl is injured by a riding accident, she overcomes her injury with the help of her family and her beloved horse.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Girl's Best Friend Holds the Only Hope for Her Future!


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le ranch de l'espoir See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Caught in a Dream
Written by Lee A. Steadman (as Lee Steadman)
Performed by Lynn Dee Mueller and Craig Clyde
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Suitable kiddie fare; grownups will love Brian Keith
26 January 2013 | by mikemdpSee all my reviews

This message movie that plays like a "Very Special 'Blossom'" is suitable kiddie fare for parents who want to inspire some spunk in their Nintendo DS-obsessed kids, but grownups will really only appreciate it for the performance of Brian Keith, who plays the good-hearted curmudgeon role he built his career on.

To sum up, a remarkably Blossom-looking teen ends up in a wheelchair after taking a bad spill off her horse, so her dad brings her and a kid shrink to Keith's ranch, where she predictably becomes attached to a palomino named Wind Dancer.

While faux-Blossom's relationship with Wind Dancer helps her heal, some conniving horse thieves – played more broadly and terribly than Jason Alexander and Renee Russo did "Boris and Natasha" – have their own plans for the horse.

Faux-Blossom is a good little actress, and it's sad what happened to her later in life (Google it). It's also sad what happened to Brian Keith a couple years later (Google that, too), but his fans know that and are happy he left understated little performances like this in his legacy.

Regardless, "Wind Dancer" is cut from the same cloth as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" flick, and those are always good for a Family Movie Night, for those of you who use DVDs to spark poignant family discussion instead of a tool to leave the kids drooling in front of SpongeBob while you do whatever it is you consider more important than spending time with your kids.

"Wind Dancer" is part of a 15-movie set from Echo Bridge that costs a fin at K-Mart, and it's a standout on a DVD that's not worth much more than that. I recommend buying it, especially because that set also includes the sweet Africa-set movie "Askari," which hearkens back to Disney's early 1970s live-action films, and is worth all five bucks on its own.

Don't go Netflixing "Wind Dancer" otherwise, unless you have kids for whom you're looking to teach a Very Valuable Lesson that you don't have the parenting skills to teach without a movie nobody's ever heard of.

But if you do decide to talk to your kids about "Wind Dancer," I recommend including the life story of the lead actress as a cautionary tale.

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