The Electric Horseman (1979)




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Movie Info

In 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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shelly Burton, Paul Gaer, Robert Garland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video



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as Charlotta

as Hunt Sears

as Fitzgerald

as Danny Miles

as Gus Atwater

as Bud Broderick

as Joanna Camden

as Lucinda

as Sonny Angel

as Model Narrator

as Fashion Narrator

as Bell Man

as Ranch Breakfast Mode...

as Mrs. George Phillips

as Mr. Phillips

as Joanna

as Convention Hostess

as Major Domo

as Store Clerk

as Sheriff

as AMPCO Person

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as Reporter

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as Man Who Makes a Pass...

as Dietrich
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Critic Reviews for The Electric Horseman

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

A moderately entertaining film, but no screen magic from Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The pic is overlong, talky and diffused.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

At this point, I think it's reasonably safe to say that The Electric Horseman is the best American romantic comedy of 1979.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The Electric Horseman is the kind of movie they used to make.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Warmhearted romance with an anti-corporate perspective.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Electric Horseman

I didn't get to see the whole movie, but from what I saw it's very boring. I will see it again some day to give it another chance, though.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

definitely remember this from them younger years, hehehe

Leo L

Super Reviewer

A great overlooked film by Sydney Pollack. This film is a great snapshot of the 70's and has a great Robert Redford performance in which we first see his good ole boy cowboy charm. Jane Fonda looked and acted great while proving she and Redford still had great chemistry together after they appeared together in 1967's "Barefoot in the Park." Willie Nelson has been reprising the role he played in this ever since, plus he launched his classic song "Mama Don't let your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." The horse chase still holds up very well because it was expertly done.

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