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The plot is ridiculous. A groom runs off with an expensive stallion belonging to a heavily indebted millionaire (Mickey Rooney), then crashes while driving drunk. A school-bus driver stops, unloads all the kids, has them haul the inebriated man into the bus, and drops him off at the hospital on the way to school, leaving one of the students, Stephanie Ward (Susan George) behind to look after him! The thief proceeds to provide Stephanie, a complete stranger, with his and the horse's real names, gives her 15% ownership, and allows her to compete with the stolen stallion (originally Cloverdale III, renamed "Lightning" by Steph). Steph alternates between professing love for the horse and talking about how she can sell him for a lot of money if he becomes a champion, because she needs the funds for an eye operation, else she'll be blind within a year.
Even severe suspension of disbelief won't get you through this movie. Despite the stolen animal supposedly being worth a fortune, the police are never involved. Instead, two teenagers (Steph and her boyfriend) hunt down the criminals themselves. Stephanie somehow wins the national horse show, defeating an adult 5-time national champion, with only two previous shows as the sum total of her lifetime showing experience. The hospital sends her medical reports (diagnosis: "an eye disease") to her riding instructor before Stephanie herself receives any word. It just goes on and on...
The acting is abominable.Read more ›
Mickey Rooney must have been in dire straights to agree to be in this movie. The plot doesn't make sense whatsoever. I mean, this girl goes from competing at a local horse show, to the State Championship to the National Horse Show in the span of a month or so all while going blind. Also, I'm still not sure why her boyfriend liked her. Plus she is one of the worst riding actors I have seen onscreen and yet she's praised to the sky as being some sort of prodigy. Weird.
The best part of this movie is truly the editing. People are switching places from angle to angle, clothing changes colour and they have obvious horse and people switches. Not to mention that there are about 12 different "Lightnings" in this movie and all are noticably different. It's like they didn't even try.
This movie is worth watching if you're in for a laugh. Do not go into it expecting another Black Stallion. Go into it expecting a movie that looks like it ran out of money before they hit the editing room.
Staci Layne Wilson
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The movie came in good working order. Thank you love the movie.Published 10 months ago by Shelley Hodgins
I just recently bought this movie, but I use to watch it all the time when I was a kid since my parents had a recording of it. I enjoyed it then and I still enjoy it now. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kristina's World of Books
But I had to have it on DVD so i could watch it again. I loved the movie and it worked great. Thanks for the great servicePublished 24 months ago by Lorie Jenks
This is one of those movies that I was obsessed with as a kid, but after re-watching as an adult I realize what a disaster it is. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Melody Hollis
Not bad, I kept it, Its not one of Mickey's better horse movices as he is not in it much but overall it was put together well and comes across well. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Jeff H
I first saw this movie on the internet and then I knew I just had to buy it. Now, this is not a good movie in the way of filming, casting and script. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Leslie Leslie
This is a great horse movie for just about any age. Mickey Rooney is great in it as is the horse, Lightning. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo