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The Pony Man (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama , Family
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His job: outsourced. His home: commandeered by his couch-potato daughter. But Ed Heller's not losing hope. Inspired by a charismatic street clown, Ed's decided to reinvent himself. With a ... See full summary »

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Lisa Renee Wilson

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Lisa Renee Wilson (story), Dave McCaul (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Dennis Moore Dennis Moore ... Ed Heller
Debbie Wooten Debbie Wooten ... Bertie the Clown
Lisa Renee Wilson Lisa Renee Wilson ... Barbara Heller
Jonah Martin Jonah Martin ... Jacob Heller
Patricia Haines-Ainsworth ... Debbie
Gypsy The Pony Gypsy The Pony ... Jenny the Pony
Carol Sparer Carol Sparer ... Mildred
Andrew Tribolini ... Man in Black
Camille Campbell Camille Campbell ... Natalie Talmadge
Erwin Galan ... Luther
Elissa Ball Elissa Ball ... Video Store Clerk
John Clise John Clise ... Dick Gammel
Gary Headley Gary Headley ... Old Rancher
Russ Kay ... Data Corps Security Guard
Agastya Kohli Agastya Kohli ... Data Corps Security Guard
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His job: outsourced. His home: commandeered by his couch-potato daughter. But Ed Heller's not losing hope. Inspired by a charismatic street clown, Ed's decided to reinvent himself. With a Polaroid camera slung around his neck and a pony at his side, Ed's going door to door. Will Seattle put out the welcome mat? Written by Anonymous

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USA

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Heartwarming and original
28 June 2013 | by pat-465-141165See all my reviews

I saw this film at the premier in Seattle and just loved it! It's a simple, heartwarming and fun story, with original characters and a great cast.

With his accounting job outsourced and too old to retrain, Ed Heller (Dennis Moore) experiences a series of synchronicities that lead to a wild and crazy idea to resurrect one of his fondest childhood memories. He buys a pony and a Polaroid and starts going door to door selling photos. But this isn't the 60s anymore, and all kinds of modern obstacles block his path, from accident insurance to the city code regulating animals. Ed's grunge derelict daughter Barbara (Lisa Renee Wilson) thinks he's gone off the deep end. His only support comes from Bertie (Debbie Wooten), a wise street clown who's seen it all.

Moore's Heller is instantly likable and makes you want to root for him from the git-go. Newcomer Moore, who has starred in several local productions, plays the role with touching sincerity and good comic timing. Wilson and Wooten are superb, as are Jonah Martin, who plays Barbara's estranged brother, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth, who is perfectly cast as Heller's sister, Debbie. Sitting at the kitchen table on Debbie's farm, the two have wonderful chemistry and make you feel like you're sitting next to the fire chatting with them.

Shot in Seattle and on Vashon Island, the cinematography is at times breathtaking. My only criticism (why the 8 and not a 10) is that it moves a little slow in the middle. But that's easy to forgive in a film with so much heart. The Pony Man is making the festival rounds, so hopefully it will be coming to a theater near you soon.


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