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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

Gabrielle Anwar , Michael Schoeffling , Steve Miner  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson, Kathleen York, Frank Renzulli
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Writers: Matt Williams & Oley Sassone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8QG36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" on IMDb

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Everyone will cheer Walt Disney Pictures presentation of this captivating real-life story of Sonora Webster's determination and courage -- now on DVD. A runaway orphan, young Sonora (Gabrielle Anwar) persists for a menial job mucking stables in Doc Carver's traveling stunt show. Her great wish is to become a death-defying "diving girl," but Doc (Cliff Robertson) refuses her pleas. Undaunted, Sonora's gutsy resolve finally convinces him to give her a break. On the brink of stardom, however, a cruel twist of fate threatens to destroy her dream. With the help of a loving friend (Michael Schoeffling), Sonora must prove that if you want something badly enough, anything is possible!

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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Profile of Courage and Tenacity September 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Based on a true story, this film is not only entertaining, but as inspirational as they come; a paean to the indomitability of the human spirit in the face of the kind of adversity that would make most of us simply roll over and quit. It's the story of the kind of challenges life can throw at anyone at random, and then follow up with yet another curve that seemingly takes it beyond the limits of human endurance. It's a film that should be required viewing for anyone who has ever cried out that the world owes them a living, because the message of "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken," directed by Steve Miner, is that "Life" isn't fair, but when the worst happens you have to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and get on with it; nobody's going to do it for you. It has something to do with a little thing called "pride," and everything to do with the courage and tenacity it takes for someone to at least try to stand up when even the very hand of Fate seems bent on keeping them down. There's a very definite lesson to be learned from this story; a lesson of which many living in the world today would be well advised to take note.
In 1932, the Great Depression is on, but times are even more trying for teenager Sonora Webster (Gabrielle Anwar), who after losing her parents is taken in by her aunt, only to be told that because of financial difficulties besetting her own family, Sonora must be given over to the state. Undaunted, the head-strong Sonora, even at such a tender age takes it upon herself to set the course of her own life. She packs a bag and runs off to answer an ad placed in the newspaper by a certain Doctor Carver (Cliff Robertson), a showman looking for able young ladies to train as "diving girls" for his show.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" January 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A great movie for horse-lovers of all ages. The main character, Sonora endures a number of life changing events that to the average person may seem exceptionally dramatic and difficult to overcome. Her strong will to have her dream even when it seemed impossible shows a great example to us all! Vic- tory only comes to those of us who are always willing to try one more time. Overall this video shows us good moral examples. There is no sex or violence to speak of. This is also a true story. It shows our children to have dreams and go after them. Have integrity, faith, hope, love through the bad times as well as the good. Above all, if you want something out of life be willing to work hard for it. Don't let someone else steal your dream!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Great Movie March 2, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Call me sentimental. Call me a pushover for kids and animals but this is a great movie I just happened to stumble on.
Parents: Run don't walk and buy this for the family. Disney did it again. Heartwarming tale of an orphan girl makes good. She makes good in the public eye but also, and the important lesson from the story, makes good overcoming terrible odds.
I am surprised there have not been hundreds of reviews of this movie. Absorbing for adults and children. Good lessons to be learned. An hour and a half well spent.
Buy it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! September 4, 2004
By Anita
Format:VHS Tape
I have loved this movie ever since the first time I saw it around 10 years ago. The acting is really good, and plus it takes place in the 20s/30s! The music is great and the story is the best. I would love to read the book(A Girl and Five Brave Horses) but it's almost non-existent. So I have two wishes: 1.)PLEASE re-print the book and re-sell it. There are many many people out there who want to at least read the book if not buy it and they can't because like I said it's almost non-existent. And 2.)PLEASE bring the movie out on DVD and for special features have some biography video on the real Sonora Webster Carver!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" January 20, 2002
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An great video for horse-lovers of all ages. Gabrielle Anwar's
character, Sonora endures a number of life changing events that to the average person may seem exceptionally dramatic and difficult to overcome. Her strong will to have her dream even when it seemed impossible shows a great example to us all! Vic tory only comes to those of us who are always willing to try one more time. Overall this video shows us good moral examples. There is no sex or violence to speak of. This is also a true story. It shows our children to have dreams and to go after them. Have integrity, faith, hope, love through the bad times as well as the good. Above all, if you want something out of life be willing to work hard for it. Don't let someone else steal your dreams. I firmly believe we can be or do exactly as we dream. God almighty gives us the freedom to create our own destiny by the building of our own character dispite others opinions. It's a darn good movie, even after 6 times! What more can I say? Buy it!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring! August 9, 2004
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I saw "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" years ago with my stepdaughter and loved it. Now I have my own daughter and she is into horses & I remembered this movie. We rented it & I still love this movie! It's an inspiring story. Excellent family movie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie December 11, 2005
Format:DVD
All right, so maybe it's not a big-time, flashy movie, but it's my favorite ever, despite the ridicule of my friends. For you Jake Ryan lovers, it also happens to be Michael Schoeffling's last work before he vanished into the abyss. His chemistry with Gabrielle Anwar is great. The historical context is interesting and well done. This is a very cute movie - can't believe it's almost 15 years old... Yikes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift
Was very beautiful and not cheap looking at all. Totally exceeded my expectations. VERY fine piece and the box it comes in is very beautiful too just put a bow around it and what... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing story.
Published 9 days ago by RachelT
5.0 out of 5 stars How about diving horses?
If you like movies taken from true stories, this is a good one. Set in the Depression era, a young girl sets out to find her way in the world, only to end up with a carnival-type... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Granny B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Family Movie
This is a very good movie I saw this movie a long time ago and didn't think I would ever find it again but sure enough Amazon had it so I ordered it right away I was not... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Judy W
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This movie is inspiring, a very good screen play. The actors are very likable. And the time it is about
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Published 19 days ago by Roberta
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it with your family (12+) Very good movie
One of my adult's kids favorite movies when they were growing up. It has good moral values and very entertaining. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Georgia Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie but again
Loved this movie but again. ...I will watch Michael S. In anything!
It was inspIrational. it was also based on a true story.
Published 24 days ago by Catherine T. Giblin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this movie
Published 25 days ago by tmivie
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Disney movie
Brings back memories of my childhood. I used to watch it with my mom when I was little and I bought it to watch with my daughter. Good for mother daughter time.
Published 26 days ago by Andrea Theis
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