The Electric Horseman [DVD] [1979]

  • SKU: 6691617
  • Release Date: 05/06/2003
  • Rating: PG
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 on-stage 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 dollars, 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 & western star made his screen debut in this film and has a very memorable line about tequila and trailer hitches. This disc presents the film in its orignal theatrical aspect ratio.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Synopsis


The Electric Horseman
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 on-stage 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 dollars, 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 & western star made his screen debut in this film and has a very memorable line about tequila and trailer hitches. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford - Sonny Steele
  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda - Hallie Martin
  • Valerie Perrine
    Valerie Perrine - Charlotta
  • John Saxon
    John Saxon - Hunt Sears
  • Willie Nelson
    Willie Nelson - Wendell



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Colors & Exciting Movie

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    SparklingPlenty1
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    GREAT MOVIE; I would give this movie five stars! The color, lights, scenery, and the two main actors were just great! Fantastic ploting throughout movie. Great store to purchase any kind of product especially TV's and movies. The variety throught this store is fantastic!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As usual Robert & Jane did a great job, beautiful

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    moviesrfum
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    I thought it was a little dull in the beginning but certainly ended well! I thought Mr. Redford and Miss Fonda played their parts very well and worked well together. Scenery is spectacular, beautiful horse.The music is very good, especially if you like Willie!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An oldie but a goodie !!!

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    hbskiddo
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This movie is a forgotten gem. What a great film. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were terrific in this film. I laughed so much. ( and cried too ) Something for everyone :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Damaged DVD

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    PastorBuzz
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This DVD has some bad blocks on it and we're going to have to return it. The movie: It's one of our favorites. I'd recommend the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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