Sylvester (1985)

Genres - Children's/Family, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Family Drama, Sports Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 15, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Melissa Gilbert acquits herself well in this old-fashioned family drama about a gritty Texas orphan named Charlie (Gilbert), a substitute parent for her brothers, determined to succeed in life by converting an unmanageable rodeo horse into an equestrian champion. The transformation from equine dross to championship dressage is not an easy road, and helping Charlie is the often tipsy but tough Foster (Richard Farnsworth), as well as Matt, the man who captures her heart (Michael Schoeffling). After they succeed in training the actually talented horse, they head for the blue grass and bluer blood of Kentucky, where the equestrian and racing elite hold court over all, including newcomers from Texas. Now they have to coax the horse to make it through the formal dressage, cross-country, and jumping competitions -- and to do that in top form.

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equestrian, sports, animal, champion, competition, family, horse, racing, train [locomotive]