The Derby Stallion (2005)

The Derby Stallion (2005)





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A teenage boy develops a sense of purpose and some new friends through an unlikely alliance with a aging musician and his horse in this drama for the whole family. Fifteen-year-old Patrick McCardle (Zac Efron) is the son of a former professional football player, Jim (William R. Moses), who wants his boy to follow in his footsteps as an athlete. But Patrick has never had much aptitude or interest in football, baseball, or track, and doesn't feel especially close either to his father or his classmates at school. Patrick has struck up a friendship with Houston Jones (Bill Cobbs), an elderly blues musician who likes to drink and tell stories, but Jim considers Jones a bad influence and Patrick avoids telling his father about the time they spend together. In his younger days, Jones was a jockey and horse trainer, and when he rescues an injured race horse, Jones is convinced the animal has what it takes to be a winner again. Jones sets his sights on entering the horse in the State Cup Steeplechase Race, and Patrick becomes his right hand man, along with Jill (Crystal Hunt) and Chuck (Rob Pinkston), two new kids who have just moved into town from the big city. With only six weeks before the race, can Jones and his three young assistants turn an underdog into a champion?
Drama , Kids & Family
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Zac Efron
as Patrick McCardle
Bill Cobbs
as Houston Jones
Tonja Walker
as Linda McCardle
William R. Moses
as Jim McCardle
Billy Moses
as Jim McCardle
Crystal Hunt
as Jill Overton
Michael Nardelli
as Randy Adams
Colton James
as Donald
Rob Pinkston
as Chuck Overton
Billy Preston
as Will Gentry
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Critic Reviews for The Derby Stallion

All Critics (2)

Horse story has positive message, some intense themes.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014
Common Sense Media

Riddled in lazy cliché and sloppy formula work.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Derby Stallion

The bond between horse and rider is very strong in this quite lovely family film though the story itself is just a remarkable thing to see but as a fan of horses this film is a must see for all those horse lovers out there and is quite the story of standing up for what you believe in and going after a dream full speed ahead overall i loved the film and can't wait to see the next horse inspired film kudos to the cast and director

Antwan J. Jones
Antwan J. Jones

A very touching and heartfelt movie. One of Zac Efron's best performance's. GRADE:A-

jeremy c
jeremy c

Don't expect much out of this one. It has some very annoying parts in it like everytime they do a scene at the trainer's house there is a train whistle in the background, EVERY scene! it's like he is supposed to live right near the tracks but you never see one, it's annoying! Plus the fact that the music sounds like a bad synthesiser or something. It really was quite lame.

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig

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