The Electric Horseman

Synopsis: Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are going drug the horse in case its too frisky, he rides off into the desert...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Take it easy, we're comin'.

You guys shake it up over there.

We're runnin' late. Shake it

up? What do you think I'm doin'?

I'm pushin' his boot,

and he won't even help.

Whiskey River don't run

dry Look at this boot!


How's that?

I'll cram some coffee down him.

Hey, have a little coffee!

Here you go. Can you use a little of that?

Put his arm in that sleeve.

Let's go, Leroy. He's runnin'late.

You got a little somethin' to

go with that? Got his wires?

I gotta put his arm in

the sleeve. Let's go.

It ain't in it. There! Button his shirt.

Button his shirt, put his arm

in his sleeve and get the wire?

Where's his hat? Okay, there's

his hat. I'm buttonin' his shirt.

Damn arm is pinchin' my hair. You okay?

Let's go. Move it.

Here we go. Move it.

I'm all right! Let's go. Here we go.

Just gonna make it. Is he gonna make it?

Sure! Don't he always? No.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, we've

got a special treat for you.

In keepin'with

our half-time theme...

of Champions of the World,

you're gonna get to meet...

one of the all-time

great cowboys,

five-time all-around

world champion, Sonny Steele.!


Mr. Sonny Steele!

Well, there he comes!

Give him

a big hand, folks.

There he is!

How 'bout that?

There's Sonny Steele, everybody,

through the courtesy of.,.

Ranch Breakfast,

a division of Ampco Industries.

Ride 'im there, cowboy.

Ride 'im.

Oh, Wendell.


Shut up.

Oh, sh*t!

Mama, don't let your babies

grow up to be cowboys

Don't let 'em pick guitars

and drive them ol'trucks

Make 'em be doctors

and lawyers and such

For all you hardworkin',

hard-playin' little folks...

whose bodies are growin' every day,

you remember Ranch Breakfast, uh...

is the cereal

that builds champions.

It's exploding with

the kind of energy that's,

that's got more stuff

in it, uh,

than toast and bacon.

- Eggs.

- Eggs.

And toast and bacon

and, uh,

uh, meat loaf and olives,


It's just got more good stuff in

it than I- just so much good stuff-

Mama, don't let your babies

grow up to be cowboys

They'll never stay home

and they're always alone

Even with someone

they love

Welcome to the grand opening

of another Pinto Mart.

Special rides for the kiddies with

five-time all-around world champion,

- Hey, Sonny.! Sonny.! Sonny.!

-Sonny Steele, 1::00 to 3::30.

Hey, it's Lucinda.

Lucinda Fairlee, theJ B Ranch

trick cowgirl rider.

Okay, up we go. Hello. How

ya doin'? Can we have a ride?


You don't remember me?

Last month after

the Watsonville Rodeo.

I know how you feel,


Ladies and gentlemen, for

Ampco Industries, Rising Star,

horse racing's

most honored stallion.

In industry, in energy, in development,

in research,


in nutrition,

recreation, and in science,

Ampco Industries'..

The Rising Star.

I won my rent

on that sucker many a time.

Horse should be standin' stud.

We all should.

That's the little beauty you're

gonna be ridin' over in Vegas Friday.

He ain't gonna ride 'im. He's just

gonna sit on 'im up on a stage,

and he's gonna have little

rubber booties on his hooves.

Hey, Leroy.

You wanna sign this?

It's for that Watkins kid.

He drawed old Little Venus

over in Fairview.

- Let's send him some luck.

- I don't think he's gonna need it.

You stayed on worse

than Little Venus before.

Ain't no worse than Little

Venus. The hell there ain't!

Nameless was worse than Little

Venus, and he did eight on Nameless.

Nobody done Nameless since then.

I ain't on Nameless anymore!

And I got

no intention of bein'.

That was

a little compliment there.

Here's a ranch for sale

here in Baily, 450 acres.

I thought you should've got that place out

at Spanish Fork instead of that Malibu house.

Oh, Spanish F

- What's the matter with the Malibu house?

I don't remember your mindin' it so much. I

remember you was in the water half the time,

wearin'them flippers on your feet,

lookin'dumb, actin'like a damn penguin.

Hey, what's the matter

with you pickers?

You're not on the bacon and bean

circuit anymore. You got room service.

You're flyin' around

first class.

Got limousines,

ladies in the lobby.

Laundry comes up

with tissue paper in it.

You're livin'like

a bunch of fat oil barons.!

Livin'... better than

we got a right to.

Cowboys in the ocean

don't make no sense.

It beats goin' to work every night, havin'

a bull doin' a tap dance on your back.

Leroy, take them pants out and

get them pressed for tonight.

And it beats havin' your legs

braided for ya.

And it beats having a bull using your

head for some floor mat, don't it?


Mama, don't let your babies

grow up to be cowboys

Don't let 'em

pick guitars

And drive

them ol' trucks

Make 'em be doctors

and lawyers and such

Mama, don't let your babies

grow up

To be cowboys

They'll never stay home

and they're always alone

Even with someone

they love

Should've been here a lot sooner

but we run into these havalinas.

Just hold on. Can I have

a coffee? Just a minute.

- There's no rush.

- There ain't?

C'mon, I want

to show you something.

Ladies and gentlemen,

tonight's half-time highlight,

the all-time great cowboy,

five-time all-around world champion,

Sonny Steele.!

Sonny Steele

appears tonight...

through the courtesy of Ranch Breakfast,

a division of Ampco Industries.


what in the hell?

That's not me. They

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Robert Garland

Robert Garland is a former Principal Dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and their first official Resident Choreographer, creating dances for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and their School Ensemble. He has also choreographed for the New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the Oakland Ballet among many others. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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