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The Wild Pony [1983] [DVD]


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A coming-of-age family drama directed by Kevin Sullivan. When his mother remarries, a young boy expresses his unhappiness with the new relationship by refusing the friendly advances of his new stepfather and taking up residence with his beloved pony.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
THE WILD PONY 26 Mar. 2000
By DAVID D. MARKS - Published on Amazon.com
MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVED THIS MOVIE. WE RANGE FROM 3 YEARS OLD TO 34. IT IS SO WELL WRITTEN AND PLAYED, YOU FEEL YOU ARE THERE. IT IS ONE OF THOSE MOVIES YOU DON'T FORGET AFTER SEEING. WE HAVE WATCHED IT SEVERAL TIMES, AND IT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING WE ALL WATCH TILL THE END. IT'S UPLIFTING AND MOVING AND SAD AND HAPPY. THE ENDING WAS GOOD. YOU HOPE IT ENDS THIS WAY AND THEY DID NOT LET US DOWN. WATCH AND ENJOY A GREAT FAMILY MOVIE. REALISTIC AND YET TIMELESS STORY LINE.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Story - Well-Directed - Wonderful Cast 6 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
In this movie, 12 year old Christopher works hard on the struggling family farm, but can't seem to do enough to satisfy his demanding father. Dad comes to get drunk (again) with a couple of his drinking buddies in town and picks a fight with an upright, decent feller named Frank Chase, who accidentally kills Chris' father in self defense. This leaves Mom, Christopher and his little sister in worse shape financially than they had been in already. The decent feller, Mr. Chase, offers the struggling family any assistance he could provide them, seeing that he was partly responsible for taking away their breadwinner. But he is taken aback sometime afterward when Christopher, his sister and their Mom, just about out of resources, show up at Mr. Chase's door, ready to take him up on his offer of assistance. Mom proposes that she and her kids move into his small house with him, in a marriage of convenience which would not only give her kids a decent male role model and a roof over their heads, but would allow Mr. Chase 3 hot meals a day in a tidy environment, that as a single guy, he has been obviously lacking. In time, we see how "The Wild Pony" is woven into the story, and how young Chris' dream of one day owning that pony corresponds to the boyhood dream once held by Mr. Chase, and how those dreams begin to materialize along with the hopes of Chris' mother to remain out west in a family that can support itself.
Now, if the above plot and what follows had been played out in this movie by mediocre actors, it could have been just another family film. But the actor who portrays young Christopher, 12 year old Canadian-born Josh Byrne, exhibits an acting ability in this emotional role which is superb and altogether believable. The same holds true for everyone in this small, but talented cast who were led by Kevin Sullivan, the brilliant director, among many other works, of the 1985 tv production of "Anne Of Green Gables". Add to all of the above how wonderfully this movie was filmed and as you watch, you will feel like you are right there!
Sullivan co-wrote "The Wild Pony" with Eda Lishman. It is quite a well written, heart warming story of healing and new beginnings which I feel is one of the best productions in this genre that one can buy on video. I highly recommend this film to all ages.
(Kudos to actor Josh Byrne who, only two years after this film's release, at age 15, was left partially paralized after an auto accident caused him a serious brain injury. He now heads "The Josh Byrne Society" in Calgury, Alberta, Canada which helps to raise money and awareness for a number of brain-injury related groups.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
it's on DVD now too! 8 Nov. 2004
By Jennifer Fuhrman - Published on Amazon.com
The Canadian DVD release of this movie is available at [...] and it also includes a vintage short documentary film on the making of this movie -- a real gem.

Other reviewers have already given great reviews to this film, so I just thought I'd add that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A recommended family film 18 July 2011
By SorrowHeart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Not much happens in this movie. The plot is pretty simple. In what appears to be the late 1800s (in Canada, I'm guessing) a woman with two kids marries the man responsible for the accidental death of her husband. It's a marriage of convenience, however, with our hero living on one side of a very small cabin and everyone else on the other. Which suits our couple fine, as she doesn't want to be married to him and he doesn't want to be married at all. But she can't make it on her own, and he feels responsible for what happened. So they become a family... but not really. Not until a sick horse brings them together.

So yeah, not a lot happens. But that's not a bad thing. Instead of tornadoes or drought or heartless bankers scheming to foreclose, instead of evil ranchers trying to run poor ranchers off their land -- we get a tale about a family formed out of necessity and guilt growing into a real family. A family of people who care about one another and who belong together. A family who learns to give and take and trust.

There's something here for the whole family. Adults can focus on the new marriage. Kids can focus on the boy and his horse. With neither plotline taking over the story. It's not a story about a couple and... oh, yeah... there's this kid. Nor is it a story about a boy who just happens to have parents. Instead, it's a story about a family.

If you like quiet films about family, this just might be the film for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I Love this movie 24 Nov. 2009
By Amazon Slave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I was younger I loved this movie and have been looking for it ever since. I showed this movie to my daughter and stepgrandson and they both loved this movie.Rikki Tikki Tavi/Yankee Doodle Cricket
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