The Electric Horseman
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A cowboy-turned-huckster unexpectedly finds love as he tries to regain his self-respect in this romantic comedy drama. Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) is a one-time rodeo star whose career as a cowboy has ground to a halt. He makes a good living as a spokesman for Ranch Breakfast, a sugar-coated cereal for kids, but he's lost most of his self-respect in the process; his boss, corporate mogul Hunt Sears (John Saxon), considers him a property rather than a human being, and Sonny has developed a serious problem with alcohol. Sears' cereal company is negotiating a highly profitable merger… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A moderately entertaining film, but no screen magic from Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The pic is overlong, talky and diffused."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Electric Horseman is the kind of movie they used to make."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Electric Horseman charms and ultimately conquers through high spirits."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Loved Redford's garish cowboy costume!"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Electric Horseman succeeds as an ode to individualism with a modern cowboy who makes a stand against a corporation and a New York reporter who loves her career above all else."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Beguilingly sharp at first, but the later stages, with Fonda's toughie reporter tagging along for a story but going all mushy inside, wallow in sentimentality about integrity, ecology and all that jazz."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Warmhearted romance with an anti-corporate perspective."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Horseman falls far short of what it might have been, starting out smart but getting sloppier and more sentimental as it goes along."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The middle is heavy on romance between the two stars -- both megawatt powers in 1979 -- but the central plot, about a stolen horse for God's sake! -- doesn't carry the weight director Sydney Pollack might like us to believe."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"At this point, I think it's reasonably safe to say that The Electric Horseman is the best American romantic comedy of 1979."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"In their second appearance, Redford and Fonda have charm and show good chemistry but, they are too old for this formulatic, old-fashioned romantic comedy about a burnt-out rodeo star and TV journalist"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"colourful and engaging"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A slushy, sentimental, and silly love story."
‑ , Film4
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