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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dated '70s movie best for ardent horse lovers.

Movie NR 2007 90 minutes
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age 7+

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age 7+

Great Horse-lovers Movie

This 1979 movie tells of a girl's love of horses, her perseverance in caring for & working towards keeping a horse, and the interactions of two different girls as they care for, ride, and compete on their horses. Janey is the main character, a 12 year old, who is struggling with the loss of her father, & what she perceives as his replacement, while watching a friend with wealth mistreat her pony, Danny. When Danny goes lame, he is labeled a 'lemon' by the girl's father, but is secretly purchased for Janey. Watch as Janey learns many life-lessons. It has an odd & unexpected ending, with Janey & Danny living out life together. Safe & worthy of watching, and an example of unconditional love.

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Is It Any Good?

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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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