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Shannon's Rainbow (2009)

PG | | Drama, Family | 8 January 2013 (USA)
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The death of a teenager's father leaves her orphaned until she discovers the mother she never knew. When she travels to meet her, she befriends a horse trainer. Together they win races and form new bonds that lead her back to happiness.

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Frank E. Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Michelle ... Shannon Greene
Daryl Hannah ... Rita Baker
Michael Madsen ... Dave Blair
Joanna Pacula ... Emily Blair
Claire Forlani ... Christine Pearson
Suzi Hofrichter ... Nurse Dana
Stephen Colletti ... Brandon
Carson Brown ... Rio
Jason Gedrick ... Eric Parker
Eric Roberts ... Mitchell Prescott
Krista Allen ... Jessica
Willie Garson ... Richard
Scott Eastwood ... Joey
Steve Guttenberg ... Ed
Charles Durning ... Floyd
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After the sudden death of her father leaves a teenage girl without a family, she becomes lost in her own anger and sadness. Her family doctor (Daryl Hannah) informs her that her father had a secret, that the mother she never knew (Claire Forlani) was alive and well. When she travels to meet her, she befriends a horse trainer (Colletti, Stephen) and discovers that in caring for the horse, she is able to overcome her hardships and emotional trauma. Together they begin to win many races and upset the favorites, owned by an egocentric mogul (Eric Roberts). Through the victories and new friendships she forms, she learns to find her way back to happiness. Written by VMI

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazing Racer See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Director Frank Johnson interviewed hundreds of young actresses for two years in search of the perfect Shannon. He finally found her, Julianne Michelle. One year and five months later, filming began. See more »

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Girl and her horse eclipses mother and her daughter
21 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Shannon Greene (Julianne Michelle) loses her father and she goes into a tailspin. She thought she was an orphan because she was told her mother was dead. Then she's told that her father lied to both her and her mother telling them both that other was dead. This premise seems problematic to me. Was there a funeral? Wouldn't the mother find it suspicious? I guess the unspoken understanding is that the mother didn't really want the baby.

The mother Christine (Claire Forlani) is now a successful doctor and her boyfriend Eric (Jason Gedrick) has horses for harness racing. Shannon is full of anger, but she start to open up as she takes care of one of the horses. Then one day after a race, evil horse owner Mitchell Prescott (Eric Roberts) bought out the horse. Once again, Shannon's loved one is ripped from her.

Julianne Michelle seems a bit too old to play the teen. But she does have one great scene where she breaks down after losing the horse. Of course they were able to buy the horse back, but only after Mitchell Prescott had almost killed it. The movie is supposed to be inspirational but the movie kinda missed the point. The heart of the story must be the mother-daughter reconciliation, not the love between a girl and her horse.


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