To dull the pain and the humiliation, Sonny has turned to alcohol, and only his two friends and traveling companions Wendel (Willie Nelson) and Leroy (Timothy Scott) understand the depths to which he has sunk.
Sonny, Wendel and Leroy are in Las Vegas, where AMPCO is holding a big convention, at which Sonny is scheduled to sit on Rising Star, AMPCO’s champion thoroughbred racehorse and new corporate symbol. But at a rehearsal, Sonny realizes that the stallion is doped up on steroids and painkillers, making it sterile, He feels compassion for the animal and decides to do something about it.
This is a wonderful story about a man’s realization that his life, and the life of a champion racehorse, have become simply tools in a corporate marketing campaign, and that both are destined to be discarded once their usefulness has ended. The film features a great screenplay with some memorable dialogue, sympathetic direction by Sydney Pollack, terrific chemistry between Redford and Fonda (who were previously paired in Barefoot in the Park), an Oscar-nominated soundtrack including songs by Willie Nelson, breathtaking cinematography, and a terrific supporting cast including Valerie Perrine as Sonny’s ex-wife Carlotta, and Wilfred Brimley as a rancher who helps Sonny, Hallie and Rising Star make their getaway.
If you enjoyed Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer, and you’ve never seen The Electric Horseman, you’re in for a real treat.
Labels: comedy, drama, romance, western
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