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Fresh Horses (1988)

Molly Ringwald , Andrew McCarthy , David Anspaugh  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Patti D'Arbanville, Ben Stiller, Leon Russom
  • Directors: David Anspaugh
  • Writers: Larry Ketron
  • Producers: Allan Marcil, John G. Wilson, Richard Berg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZ9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fresh Horses" on IMDb

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Passion knows no limit for Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy in the provocative romantic drama, FRESH HORSES. After Matt Larkin (McCarthy) announces his engagement to a beautiful debutante, his best friend takes him off to the country for one last bachelor bash at the home of a friend (Patti D' Arbanville). There Matt meets Jewel (Molly Ringwald), and is immediately attracted to her rare, sensual beauty and simple rural ways. Although Matt and Jewel have little in common, they are drawn to one another and begin a passionate relationship that unites their very different worlds- and blows apart Matt's previously "safe" existence forever.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Script - Poor Acting July 12, 2006
Fresh Horses, on paper, would have seemed to have been a perfect hit script. You had Molly Ringwald, with her porcelain skin and delicately curly red-blonde hair. You had Andrew McCarthy with his boyish charm but also the male strength beginning to come through. You had a romantic triangle. You had the "class divide". The Brat Pack was loved by millions. How could this fail?

The problem really does seem to come down to the actors themselves. There's very little "energy" at all to this story which is supposedly about passion overcoming logic. Molly is a 16 yr old girl in rural Kentucky. When her stepfather begins fondling her, and her mother does little to help, Molly tries for the only escape she can find - marrying the older bad-man-in-town, Viggo Mortensen. She claims she never slept with Viggo - only used him for escape. Then Viggo's father began fondling her, and now she wants out of this house as well.

To get momentary relief from her homelife, she hangs out at a friend's home, which is a 24 hour party. Here she runs into Andrew. Andrew is a very serious student who has just gotten engaged to his high-class, wealthy girlfriend. The girlfriend rambles on and on about china patterns, having children and living the perfect life. Andrew goes with the flow until he sees Molly - and is instantly in lust. Molly leads him to believe she's 20, single, and interested in him. It takes maybe 3 days before he's sleeping with her. To his credit, he does tell his fiancee promptly, and breaks off the engagement.

You'd think everything was wonderful now, right? However, Andrew learns from friends about Molly's lies. He decides to keep seeing her anyway. However, he doesn't want to introduce her to his family, and has no intention of marrying her.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unabashedly favorable review! December 12, 2001
By Brett
Format:VHS Tape
I have been a fan of this movie for many years since its release. When I decided to purchase, I was surprised to see such negative reviews. Granted its not necessarily Oscar quality material. But, the cinematic backdrop is interesting and goes a long way to lend great atmosphere to the story. I think McCarthy and Ringwald do a good job with the acting. It's not hard to understand why Larkin (McCarthy) falls for Jewel (Ringwald ) right off the bat, Ringwald imbues her character with a palpable steamy sensuality in their first meeting. Mortensen (Green) is convincing as the low life "husband" of Jewel. It's also interesting to see an early role for Ben Stiller, especially if you are a fan. I can't agree that ... is wasted on this movie. In fact, I wish it were available in DVD format. The story ending has a heart-rending quality that has stayed with me through the years since I first viewed this movie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good (But Sad) Movie October 29, 2005
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All of these bad reviews confuse a movie they didn't like with a badly made movie. This is a very well made movie, with perfectly competent performances. The tone is quite serious, and the ending won't cheer anyone up. But then there are many people who loved Titanic, which I found utterly depressing. More to the point, though, who cares about the problems of these rich kids? Not me. The REAL reason to watch this is to see Molly Ringwald at her most beautiful. And if you enjoy this film, check out Less Than Zero, another gloomy but solid (& underrated) '80s film. The WORST '80s film is Bright Lights, Big City - don't say I didn't warn you!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FRESH HORSES is a Stale Turkey. March 26, 2000
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This is, perhaps, the most unintelligible picture I have everseen. The story is dull and uneventful, but that doesn't make it anyeasier to understand.
Andrew McCarthy is Matt, a wealthy college student betrothed to a pristine debutante. When his friend (Ben Stiller) invites him out visit a wild new friend (Patti D'Arbanville), he meets a mysterious girl named Jewel (Molly Ringwald). From the outset, Matt is smitten and Jewel is unimpressed. Days later, Matt drops his fiancee and confesses his love to Jewel. While her interest is waning, Jewel is overwhelmed by his affections and the two begin a passionate affair. Then, Matt discovers Jewel is married, underage and in an abusive relationship. He is in over his head and he briefly begins to alienate himself from Jewel. They reunite quickly, but, shortly thereafter, Matt discovers a devasting revelation: Jewel may have been raped by a handful of men while her husband looked on. Now, there seems to be little hope for either of them to find happiness.
Contrary to popular belief, Molly Ringwald is first-rate in an unexpected role change. In one particularly magnetic scene, Ringwald as Jewel reveals she began smoking as an infant, when her twisted parents held cigarettes to her mouth to watch her inhale. It is Jewel's riveting vulnerability that makes the scene unforgettable. Andrew McCarthy, however, is entirely unlikable as the spoiled Matt, and we never understand his character's obsession for Jewel, nor do we understand his compulsive need to correct her improper speech.
The reason this film misfires in so many ways is that the script is wildly incoherent. Because the relationship isn't motivated by sexual desire, there is no potential for suspense a la "The Postman Always Rings Twice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie classic Molly and Andrew.
Published 5 days ago by C. Casari
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie... Good deal!
Published 1 month ago by michael phelan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great scenes of Cincinnati in the late 1980's
Great scenes of Cincinnati in the late 1980's. A very young Ben Stiller antagonizes his friend, Andrew McCarthy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by eNerd Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Kelly potier
4.0 out of 5 stars Once in a life time love affair!
Fresh Horses.....this movie shows love has no boundries. For richer or poorer love never really ends for this young couple.
Published 6 months ago by Sherry
2.0 out of 5 stars Aweful
We had a party to play movies filmed in Ohio. This one was filmed in downtown Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, and Kings' Island. Read more
Published 12 months ago by New Old North Columbus
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie collector
Here's another movie that I've searched high and low for , and low and behold Amazon had it. You guys are amazing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mary garrison
The coupling of these two actors has been a favorite of mine since PRETTY IN PINK. I wasn't crazy about the ending but I still love these two together.
Published 22 months ago by Debra Usrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Filly Fluffer
i was remotely stricken by this inverted orifice of tenns snakeskin escapades...filed it along with my consideration of jacko lemon for Save the Tiger.. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by chester claghorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too close to real life
I simply can't comprehend the negative reviews this frankly GREAT B movie has generated. Either these reviewers have unbelievably quiet personal lives, or FRESH HORSES hits too... Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Patrick King
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