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Sylvester (1985)

Richard Farnsworth , Melissa Gilbert , Tim Hunter  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Farnsworth, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Schoeffling, Constance Towers, Yankton Hatten
  • Directors: Tim Hunter
  • Writers: Carol Sobieski
  • Producers: Martin Jurow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BS3FW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sylvester" on IMDb

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A young girl's unwavering faith in a battered horse takes them both to the prestige and honor of national competition in this touching, heroic drama. Melissa Gilbert makes a spirited film debut as Charlie Railsberg, a 16-year-old wrangler who recognizes the noble spirit of a wild horse she christens "Sylvester." Oscar(r) nominee Richard Farnsworth portrays John Foster, a hard-headed stockyard boss who takes Charlie and her two orphaned brothers into his home. Foster is convinced that Sylvester isworthless, but is proven wrong when Sylvester and Charlie become the odds-on favorite at the National Equestrian Trails. Before it's all over, Charlie falls in love and is faced with the opportunity-and decision-of a lifetime.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all April 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I've always called this movite that...I went to see it in the theater when I was 5, and I fell in love with it. I'm a horse lover since birth, and I knew I wanted to do something with horses, but it was not until I saw this move that I found out what. I started taking classes and became an equestrian, I have my own "sylvester", and like for Charlie, he's my dream come true and one of the loves of my life. I'm 22 now and even 17 years after watching the movie for the first time, the footage of the cross country and the moolight training still make me want to cry. A great movie, specially for "all those little girls in love with horses" like myself. A good family movie too, I still find myself joking with my dad that he never thought that by taking me to the movies that afternoon that he was going to be spending so much on me and my horse some years after.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave equestrain movie February 5, 2005
I saw this move about 5 years ago for the first time. I bought it as soon as I saw it on DVD. IT is such a great story and it's content as far as the eventing world goes is almost entirely accurate. It really should be rated more of a pg13 b/c of the language and some sexual content. It still is so worth buying.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love horses this is a great film! March 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The first time I saw it I fell in love with it. I love horses and the sport so this was great. One of the best horse films ever done and believe me I've seen them all! I also like Melissa Gilbert. I basically grew up watching "Little House On The Prairie." I was first introduced to the film by a friend who is a fellow horse lover. This is not only a movie for horse people. It has the ability to attract all sorts of viewers because it has other elements besides the equines. Cheers to the makers of this fabulous film!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama, Good Depiction of 3-Day Eventing January 6, 2005
Melissa Gilbert made her movie debut in this National Velvet-styled story of a determined girl and her jumping horse. Gilbert is a tough on the outside / soft on the inside teenage orphan who trains a worthless cowpony, transforming him into a classy 3-Day Eventer. With the help of her drunken mentor (Richard Farnsworth, the penultimate cowboy) they train the ghostly gray horse by moonlight, and dazzle everyone by daylight when the horse and his rider make it to the top show ranks. There are lots of sudsy subplots, but it just adds to the fun. I loved this movie the first time I saw it, and my horsy friends and I all saw it more than once. Not quite a classic, Sylvester is still a great one for horse lovers and definitely worth a spot in your DVD library.

Staci Layne Wilson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie September 11, 2008
This movie has quite a bit of language, brief nudity and violence, so it is not for your little horse-crazy girl. Having said that, it is a great movie for older teen, and adult, that still loves horses and longs to compete in the upper levels of English riding. It follows Charlie(Melissa Gilbert), a girl who trains a cow horse to go to the 3-day Event in Kentuky. Lots of great riding scenes, both western and english, a side love story between Charlie and Matt, played by the same actor as Jake Ryan in 16 candles, Michael Schoeffling. I have been watching this movie since I was about 17, and I still love it today.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie of all time January 8, 2004
By Annie B
Format:VHS Tape
Growing up riding, the only thing I ever wanted to do was event in the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day. I never did make it there for eventing but this movie was the next best thing. Me and my horse friends watched this movie endlessly...we still quote it when we see each other (Why don't you quit readin' and come help?). I doubt any movie could ever top this one for me....or any other wannabe eventer.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, should not be rate PG!!!! April 30, 2011
I bought this movie for my 2 horse loving daughters. While the story line is a good classic horse story- wild rodeo type horse becomes 3 day event champion, the rest of it is terrible. The language is horrible and should not be rated PG. Also there is a pretty graphic scene where one the stable hands tries to rape Charlie ( Melissa Gilbert). I am guessing that PG rating were different when this movie was made in the 80's, but I have never seen a PG movie quite like this. If you are looking for a wholesome family horse story, this is NOT your movie. I will be reselling this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars at least they could ride February 7, 2005
By Tonto
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The story is pretty forgetable BUT the horses can move and the people can ride. The libery jump over a pickup is hard to beat. The cross counrty at KY Horse Park is well done and the stadium jumping is well presented.
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