The Electric Horseman

1979 PG 2h 0m DVD

The Electric Horseman

1979 PG 2h 0m DVD
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An alcoholic former rodeo champion who's been shilling for a breakfast cereal company steals a valuable but mistreated horse during an advertising stunt at a Las Vegas hotel. Intrigued by the story, a TV news reporter is on the case.
Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson, John Saxon, Nicolas Coster, Allan Arbus, Wilford Brimley
Sydney Pollack
Widescreen 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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.


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.


Occasional swearing includes: "s--t," "hell," "damn," "for Christ's sake," "son-of-a-bitch," and "ass."

Social Behavior

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.


Caesar's Palace, Tioga RVs, Kellogg's, Kenworth truck.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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