The Electric Horseman

The Electric Horseman

Sydney Pollack (1979)

A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A washed-up former rodeo star steals a maltreated thoroughbred horse and rides it cross-country to decent grazing land. His employer issues a reward for the return of the animal, while a sympathetic reporter is keen to find the troubled cowboy and tell his story. Drama, starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine and Willie Nelson. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Edited for daytime broadcast.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Sydney Pollack
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinema International Corp. UKGuidance: Swearing. Available on: video and DVD