The Electric Horseman
The Electric Horseman (1979)

A boozy ex-rodeo champ sells out and becomes a glitzy breakfast cereal pitchman. He hates it, and in his sober moments wonders what happened to his formerly charmed life. The one bright spot in Sonny Steele's existence comes during… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 19, 1979
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A moderately entertaining film, but no screen magic from Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The pic is overlong, talky and diffused.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Electric Horseman is the kind of movie they used to make.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

The Electric Horseman charms and ultimately conquers through high spirits.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Warmhearted romance with an anti-corporate perspective.

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TV Guide

Horseman falls far short of what it might have been, starting out smart but getting sloppier and more sentimental as it goes along.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

At this point, I think it's reasonably safe to say that The Electric Horseman is the best American romantic comedy of 1979.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

colourful and engaging

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I didn't get to see the whole movie, but from what I saw it's very boring. I will see it again some day to give it another chance, though.
Leo L
definitely remember this from them younger years, hehehe cute.