The Electric Horseman (1979)
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Movie InfoIn this film, a boozy ex-rodeo champ becomes a cereal pitchman. The one bright spot in Sonny Steele's existence comes when he gets to ride the magnificent stallion Rising Star during appearances. The trouble begins when Steele discovers Rising Star is constantly being tranquilized and decides to kidnap the horse.
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Critic Reviews for The Electric Horseman
A moderately entertaining film, but no screen magic from Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The pic is overlong, talky and diffused.
Beguilingly sharp at first, but the later stages, with Fonda's toughie reporter tagging along for a story but going all mushy inside, wallow in sentimentality about integrity, ecology and all that jazz.
At this point, I think it's reasonably safe to say that The Electric Horseman is the best American romantic comedy of 1979.
In their second appearance, Redford and Fonda have charm and show good chemistry but, they are too old for this formulatic, old-fashioned romantic comedy about a burnt-out rodeo star and TV journalist
The Electric Horseman charms and ultimately conquers through high spirits.
Horseman falls far short of what it might have been, starting out smart but getting sloppier and more sentimental as it goes along.
colourful and engaging
The middle is heavy on romance between the two stars -- both megawatt powers in 1979 -- but the central plot, about a stolen horse for God's sake! -- doesn't carry the weight director Sydney Pollack might like us to believe.
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