The Electric Horseman (1979)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Allan Arbus Danny Miles
Wilford Brimley Farmer
Nicholas Coster
Nicolas Coster Fitzgerald
Jane Fonda Hallie Martin
Will Hare Gus Atwater
Basil Hoffman Toland
Willie Nelson Wendell
Valerie Perrine Charlotta
Robert Redford Sonny Steele
John Saxon Hunt Sears
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Western; Drama; Romance
Director Sydney Pollack
Producer Ray Stark
Writer Shelly Burton; Paul Gaer; Robert Garland
Studio Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 120 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.8
A cowboy turned huckster unexpectedly finds love as he tries to regain his self-respect in this romantic comedy-drama. Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) is a one-time rodeo star whose career as a cowboy has ground to a halt. He makes a good living as a spokesman for Ranch Breakfast, a sugar-coated cereal for kids, but he's lost most of his self-respect in the process; his boss, corporate mogul Hunt Sears (John Saxon), considers him a property rather than a human being, and Sonny has developed a serious problem with alcohol. Sears' cereal company is negotiating a highly profitable merger with another firm and brings Sonny to Las Vegas for a publicity stunt, in which Sonny, wearing a garish cowboy outfit complete with blinking lights, will ride onstage at Caesar's Palace aboard prize-winning thoroughbred stallion Rising Star. When Sonny discovers Sears' men have drugged the horse so that it will be able to walk on an injured leg, he's appalled, and he rides Rising Star off the stage at Caesar's and into the Nevada desert, looking for grazing land where he and the horse can heal their wounds. Sears is shocked to discover that Sonny has run off with a $12 million horse, and he realizes that Sonny knows enough to make his firm look very bad in the press, potentially scotching the merger. Sears files charges against Sonny and posts a reward for Rising Star's safe return, though he implies that it wouldn't bother him if Sonny died in the rescue attempt. Hallie Martin (Jane Fonda), a television journalist covering Sonny's Vegas appearance, is convinced that something is fishy and manages to catch up with him in the desert; as Hallie tries to get Sonny to tell her his story, the has-been cowboy and the city-girl reporter fall in love. The Electric Horseman also stars Valerie Perrine and Willie Nelson; the country star made his screen debut in this film, and has a very memorable line about tequila and trailer hitches. — Mark Deming
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 426
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 025192274824
Chapters 20
Release Date 5/6/2003
Subtitles Spanish; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned