THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN (1979 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Electric Horseman doesn’t sport a strong script, an outstanding storyline, or anything else that a critic can pick out and say, WOW, that’s a great story. But, somehow, despite its overall lack, this movie wins. It has a western charm, a magical sense of ‘real’ that reminds one of movies watched as a child. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda create a class act out of scrap material. It’s a surprisingly enjoyable watch.

Storyline

Rodeo star Sonny (Robert Redford) decides to rescue and release a prize stallion worth $12,000,000 without the owner’s permission.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Sydney Pollack for directing efforts. Thank you to Producer Ray Stark for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Hallie (Jane Fonda), Charlotta (Valerie Perrine), Wendell (Willie Nelson), Hunt Sears (John Saxon), Fitzgerald (Nicolas Coster), Danny (Allan Arbus), Farmer (Wilford Brimley), Gus (Will Hare), Toland (Basil Hoffman), Leroy (Timothy Scott), Dietrich (James B. Sikking), and Tommy (James Kline).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It reminds one of other animal release stories like Free Willie, but has its own style and character.

Ben Meyers

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