A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie shows, through talk and example, the responsibility and dedication it requires to care for and train a horse.
Positive Role Models
Janie assumes full responsibility for the care and training of the horse Danny. She is patient and kind as she trains him. Pat, Janie's mentor, sees the training of horses and life working on a stable as being less about the glamor of winning contests and looking good at the parties, and more about the love of taking care of the horses and training them to be the best they can be.
Violence & Scariness
While searching for Danny -- who escaped from his stable -- Janie is confronted by a mean man who grabs her and demands to know what she is doing on his property. Aside from this, there are brief scenes of young girls falling off of horses, but they are uninjured from the falls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A girl sees her mother and stepfather engaging in a passionate kiss while attending a party. A teen girl talks about a teen boy's awkward kissing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A girl tells her mother and stepfather how she saw a teen girl smoking a cigarette behind a barn. In the audience of a horse-riding contest, participants are shown smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Danny is a 1977 movie about a girl who bonds with and trains an injured horse to health and, eventually, to participation in a county-wide horse riding contest. The wide lapels, feathered hair, hip-hugging pants, corny background music, and disco dancing firmly place this film in the 1970s, and the overall datedness of the movie make this best for only the most ardent of horse lovers. For parents and kids who love horses, the scenes in which Danny is being trained will keep them engaged. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While no doubt a sweet movie about a young girl's love for an injured horse, DANNY, over three decades later, feels more than a bit dated. So much so, in fact, that it's best watched by those who grew up watching it as kids, and those who love movies about horses, horse training, and stable life. For others, the corny background music, the loud fashions, and the overall feel of 1970s style and culture makes this movie feel as dusty as the pair of velvet crushed bellbottoms your aunt keeps in her attic.
However, those interested in horses and horse training should be able to look past that, as there are many scenes in which the responsibility and dedication required to care for a horse are shown. While there are some holes in the story, and a clear attempt at the end of making a sequel, for those who can look past these quibbles and the datedness of the film, this is a competently made and acted movie.
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