The Electric Horseman

  • PG
  • Sydney Pollack (1979)
  • US
  • 120 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Despite its title and sparky lead performances by Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, this early eco-warning tale about mindless consumerism carries too little charge. Redford plays a down-on-his-luck rodeo rider who saves a thoroughbred horse from corporate greed and is chased into the desert by Fonda's TV newswoman. It's a solid enough tale, but it all becomes excessively preachy under Sydney Pollack's heavy direction - he doesn't seem able to film a sunset without silhouetting people against it. The film means well, but moral fables need more subtlety.

Plot Summary

Comedy western starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Rodeo champion Sonny Steele is hired by a large food company to promote a breakfast cereal, but rapidly tires of the endless promotional appearances. At one event he discovers that the company is mistreating its $12 million thoroughbred horse and decides to take drastic action.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sonny Steele
Robert Redford
Hallie Martin
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

Crew

Director
Sydney Pollack

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Cinema International Corp. UK
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama