The Electric Horseman Review
The Electric Horseman
21 Dec 1979
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
This was one of my favorite Robert Redford performances. He absolutely lit up the screen in this film and not just because he was so easy on the eyes. he delivers a moving and charismatic performance that is believable and touching.
A sequel would have been perfect
So many ways to make a sequel for this movie, maybe a group of wranglers catch the wild horses including Rising Star, and Sonny and Hallie team up to expose the wranglers and rescue Rising Star and the other horses.
Hopefully a remake will get made and a sequel..
Love this movie
such a great story. well made, well acted, and perfectly captures the feel of the late seventies and the ‘country-western’ wave that spread over the culture.
i can watch this one over and over
It’s a good film.
The name of Sonny Steele’s horse in the film is “Rising Star”. The star steed was played by a five year old bay thoroughbred called “Let’s Merge” after a six month equine talent scout. Robert Redford bought the horse after production was complete and owned him for 18 years before the horse passed away.
The film’s title “The Electric Horseman” comes from the movie’s iconic “electric cowboy suit”. The outfit was an electrified cowboy suit which was decorated with hundreds of very small flashing light globes. When Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) rides the rodeo horse, the saddle is a matching electrified one.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound
The 1979 picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound but lost out to Apocalypse Now (1979).
Robert Redford did all of his own riding stunts in the film.
Chemistry between Robert Redford and Jane Fonda
Robert Redford & Jane Fonda have some good chemistry in this movie – the banter they have back and forth with the Rattlesnake Roundup and the spikey shoes from Bloomingdales or the getting up medal comment. Definitely worth watching …
RT/Meta Critic Review
colourful and engaging (rich cline)
The Electric Horseman charms and ultimately conquers through high spirits.(click here to see)