A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film stresses the value of a single individual standing up for what he or she believes in. It also illustrates that people can redeem themselves by performing good deeds and being unselfish.
Positive Role Models
Both leading characters travel a great distance in this film: he starts from a place of self-destructive unhappiness, she from driving ambition and soullessness. As the story unfolds each develops a righteous moral center, the courage to stand up for justice, and an ability to create a meaningful personal relationship. Corporate villains are one-dimensional: greedy, manipulative, and amoral.
Violence & Scariness
Sole action sequence is a lengthy chase in which police on motorcycles and in sedans try to capture a man on horseback. The vehicles are upended, crash, run off the road; no one is hurt. The hero surprises a stalking woman and pushes her to the ground; she slaps him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romantic kisses and embraces as two characters fall in love. An assumption can be made that the two have had sex off camera. Some skimpy and low-cut clothing in scenes set in Las Vegas.
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Occasional swearing includes: "s--t," "hell," "damn," "for Christ's sake," "son-of-a-bitch," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Caesar's Palace, Tioga RVs, Kellogg's, Kenworth truck.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At the film's opening, Sonny Steele is a reckless alcoholic: falling, slurring his words, misbehaving, always drunk. Early scenes take place in Las Vegas and there's much on-camera alcohol consumption, as well as smoking. The leading female character uses sleeping pills. In addition, a central part of the story concerns a horse who has been mistreated with heavy steroid and tranquilizer use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that early in The Electric Horseman the leading character is a self-destructive alcoholic who slurs his words, falls, and barely functions, though he eventually cleans up. The other leading character has insomnia and uses sleeping pills. There is one exaggerated police chase with cars and motorcycles crashing, flying through the air, even exploding, but no injuries. Romantic scenes are limited to warm kissing and embracing and an assumption that the two lovers have had sex off-camera. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Redford and Fonda, along with Rising Star, light up the screen in this very romantic movie with a purpose. It is commercialism, an intrusive media, and corporate bad guys versus a lone cowboy on the prairie accompanied by a beautiful horse, a woman in transformation, and the music of Willie Nelson.
Made in 1979, the one-note business baddies are corny and the quest is far-fetched, but the message is clear, the story is accessible, and the romance and resolution are delightfully uplifting.
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