Inspired by the short story "Ruidoso," penned by writer John McPhee, this film tells the story of down-and-out horse trainer Lloyd Bourdelle (Walter Matthau), who, against all odds, becomes the owner of a winning horse. His three sons help him care for the animal, whom Lloyd is entering in a blue-ribbon race. But first, they must protect the colt from the jealous few who either want to profit from him or stop him from becoming champion.
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- Martin Ritt
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PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is a quite likable story about a man struggling to do the right thing by his horse -- and his sons. The birth of a colt, in all its messiness, may be too intense for younger children. The mare dies in childbirth. The mother has abandoned the family. The greed of trainers and abuse of horses is a strong theme. The father-son relationships are strong, but the pacing is a bit slow. Younger kids or easily-distracted children will lose interest. There's a nice teenage jockey angle that's likely to compel teens. All children interested in horses will enjoy this movie.
- Sexual Content
- A teenager complains that he will never get "laid" and that he's "horny."
- Not applicable
- Some mild swears.
- Social Behavior
- Ultimately the movie takes a strong stance against cruelty to animals, as Lloyd's desire to win leads to the horse's demise. Plenty of wagering on the horses.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The father drinks a fair bit.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it