The Electric Horseman


The Electric Horseman

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A boozy ex-rodeo champ sells out and becomes a glitzy breakfast cereal pitchman. He hates it, and in his sober moments wonders what happened to his formerly charmed life. The one bright spot in Sonny Steele's existence comes during public appearances (where he is decked out like a Christmas tree in electric lights) when he gets to ride the magnificent stallion Rising Star. The trouble begins when Steele discovers that the ad men have been shooting Rising Star full of tranquilizers so the spirited beast will behave during shows. Perhaps seeing a parallel in his own life, Steele snaps and decides to kidnap the horse and high-tail it to the desert. As the stallion is extremely valuable, a massive horsehunt is launched. No one cares a whit for Sonny and the orders are to "shoot to kill" if need be. The only one who succeeds in finding him is a plucky female reporter. She sticks to him like glue and makes sure the country learns of Sonny and Rising Star's plight. Along the way, the cowboy and the reporter also find time to fall in love.

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Robert Redford
as Sonny Steele
Jane Fonda
as Alice `Hallie' Martin
Valerie Perrine
as Charlotta
John Saxon
as Hunt Sears
Nicolas Coster
as Fitzgerald
Allan Arbus
as Danny Miles
Will Hare
as Gus Atwater
Quinn K. Redeker
as Bud Broderick
Lois Areno
as Joanna Camden
Sarah Harris
as Lucinda
Michele Heyden
as Sonny Angel
Robin Timm
as Model Narrator
Patricia Blair
as Fashion Narrator
Gary M. Fox
as Bell Man
Theresa Ann Dent
as Ranch Breakfast Model
Perry Sheehan Adiar
as Mrs. George Phillips
Sarge Allen
as Mr. Phillips
Mark Jamison
as Major Domo
Debra L. Maxwell
as Convention Hostess
Shelia B. Wakely
as Store Clerk
X.V. Kelly
as Sheriff
Jerry Kurland
as AMPCO Person
J. Carlton Adair
as AMPCO Person
Charles J. Monahan
as AMPCO Person
George W. Etter
as AMPCO Person
Raymond G. Maupin
as AMPCO Person
Bob Barrett
as AMPCO Person
Red McIlvaine
as Reporter
Johnny Magnus
as Reporter
Vic Vallaro
as Reporter
Bob Bailey
as Reporter
Roger Lowe
as Reporter
Sydney Pollack
as Man Who Makes a Pass at Alice
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Critic Reviews for The Electric Horseman

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

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

    May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    Jan 26, 2006

    Tom Milne

    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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Electric Horseman is the kind of movie they used to make.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Warmhearted romance with an anti-corporate perspective.

    Feb 22, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Electric Horseman

  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • Oct 20, 2009
    It was OK.Something to watch
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2008
    definitely remember this from them younger years, hehehe cute.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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