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Flicka (2006)

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Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.

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Michael Mayer

Writers:

Mark Rosenthal (screenplay), Lawrence Konner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McGraw ... Rob McLaughlin
Maria Bello ... Nell McLaughlin
Alison Lohman ... Katy McLaughlin
Ryan Kwanten ... Howard McLaughlin
Danny Pino ... Jack
Dallas Roberts ... Gus
Kaylee DeFer ... Miranda Koop
Jeffrey Nordling ... Rick Koop
Dey Young ... Esther Koop
Nick Searcy ... Norbert Rye
Buck Taylor ... Wagner
Wade Williams ... Man with Clipboard
David Burton David Burton ... Rider #6
John O'Brien ... Mr. Masterson
Armie Hammer ... Male Prefect
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Storyline

Coming of age story set in the mountain vistas, A headstrong 16 year old Katy McLaughlin desires to work on her family's mountainside horse ranch, although her father insists she finish boarding school. Katy finds a mustang in the hills near her ranch. Katy then sets her mind to tame a mustang and prove to her father she can run the ranch. But when tragedy happens, it will take all the love and strength the family can muster to restore hope. Written by devine308

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The biggest dreams take the most courage.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Friend Flicka See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,703,551, 22 October 2006

Gross USA:

$20,998,709
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Christie Hayes was originally chosen by the director and producer to play Miranda, but the studio wanted Kaylee DeFer. See more »

Goofs

During one of the first times Katy mounts Flicka to ride her around, Flicka isn't wearing a bridle. Then there's suddenly a bridle visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Katherine "Katie" McLoughlin: [narration] I live on top of the world... in the Never Summer Mountains of Wyoming, 8,000 feet closer to the sky. In my mountains when spring finally comes to save me from a perpetual winter, the world comes to life again and I remember what it is I'm here for. I'm the only daughter in a long line of ranchers and when we let our horses out for the first time every spring, I love to watch them rediscover the world. I can see in them an expression of my own restless spirit. Charged ...
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Crazy Credits

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Texas in 1880
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Wyoming in all its splendor
20 December 2007 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Mary O'Hara's novel "My Friend Flicka" is the basis for this wonderful family oriented movie. Directed by Michael Mayer, a man whose work we had admired before, offers a positive view of a Wyoming family that is struggling to make a living out the ranch where they raise horses and the changes that are happening around them.

At the center of the story is Katy McLaughlin, a young woman who is happier being in the family ranch than at the boarding school, where she seems to be out of place. When Katy goes back home after not completing a key exam, she begins to feel like a human being. All the great outdoors are at her finger tips. The horses she loves are also part of her life.

A fearless rider, Katy is surprised one day by a mountain lion who comes near her. A mustang that appears out of nowhere comes to her rescue, attracting Katy's attention. A bond will develop between the young woman and the horse that will prove it to be a mutual love and respect they feel about one another. She names the horse Flicka and becomes her champion when her father feels a mustang doesn't belong in the ranch because what it will do to the other pure bred horses. In the end, the father, as well as the family realize how deep Katy cares for Flicka and the way the horse responds to her.

Alison Lohman, who is seen as Flicka, is an actress that seems a natural no matter what role she is asked to play. Tim McGraw does justice to the father, and lovely Maria Bello is perfect as the mother.

The beautiful cinematography by J. Michael Muro does wonders to create the right atmosphere in which the action is presented. The same can be said for the musical score of Aaron Zigman, which is tuneful and fits well in the picture. There is no doubt Michael Mayer will continue to surprise us in his future projects.

Highly recommended for all families.


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