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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
88 minutes
performer:
Gabrielle Anwar, Cliff Robertson, Kathleen York
director:
Steve Miner
distributor:
Walt Disney Home Video
genre:
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a B

This is the charming, true story of Sonora Webster (Gabrielle Anwar), a Depression-era orphan with an unusual dream: to join a high-diving horse act and plunge off a 40-foot tower into a tank of water. The tenacious teen soon wins the confidence of the show’s gruff owner (Cliff Robertson) — and the unbridled affection of his son (Michael Schoeffling) — only to find herself saddled with an even greater test of courage: blindness.

Wild Hearts, which had a brief life in theaters last summer, loses some of its impact on video: The sweeping Southern vistas seem cramped here, and the horse-diving sequences (supervised by the American Humane Association) need replaying to get their full effect. Still, in the end, producer-cowriter Matt Williams (creator of Roseanne) manages to put the plot before the horse and create an inspirational family film. B

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