Monday, August 6, 2012

The Electric Horseman (1979)

Wow...that is one ugly-looking VHS jacket. The graphic designer should have been shot!

Synopsis: Washed-up rodeo puke gets up-close-and-personal with magnificent brunette...oh, and Jane Fonda tags along, too.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “In this rousing romantic adventure, Robert Redford plays an ex-world champion cowboy, reduced to huckstering breakfast food in a suit studded with flashing lights. Jane Fonda is a chic, sharp member of the electronic media, a TV newswoman who’ll do anything to get a good story. When Redford rides out of a Las Vegas casino and into the desert astride his sponsor’s living symbol, a multi-million dollar racehorse, Jane is determined to discover why.”

What Did I Learn?: Smoking a whole bunch of eucalyptus leaves is just the remedy your steed requires to kick his drug habit.

You Might Like This Movie If: You love anything electric.

Really?: 1) I honestly have to wonder how long a pampered racehorse would last in the wilds of Utah. For that matter, if Redford was so concerned about the horse’s welfare, how about blowing the whistle to the media rather than risking jail time? 2) So wait...a horse-napping is enough to derail a bank merger? And the corporate CEO has nothing better to do than to fly around in a helicopter looking for the culprits?

Rating: As I watched The Electric Horseman, I kept thinking: “the makers of Crocodile Dundee totally ripped off of this movie!” Well, the first half of Crockers, anyway: intrepid female reporter falls in love with unsophisticated, rough-around-the-edges country boy as they trek through the wilderness. It’s a good, but not great film, and I would have liked to have seen more of Willie Nelson’s character – he basically disappears once Redford makes his big escape. 7/10 stars.

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