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The Ride (1997)

A has-been cowboy is given a second chance at the hands of an unexpected teacher.

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Michael O. Sajbel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Biehn ... Smokey Banks
Charles Young Charles Young ... Honeycut
Clarence Felder ... Mike Stillwell
Brock Pierce ... Danny O'Neil
Coy Huffman Coy Huffman ... Announcer #1
Jennifer O'Neill ... Ellen Stillwell
Chris Owen ... Steve
Martin Spanjers ... George
Marco Savittieri Marco Savittieri ... Dennis
Christian Gallego Christian Gallego ... Rocky
Lucas Ford-Rawson Lucas Ford-Rawson ... Guy
Matt Jensen Matt Jensen ... Guy
Cameron Mullins Cameron Mullins ... Guy
Conrad Rustenburg Conrad Rustenburg ... Guy
Branson Sanabria Branson Sanabria ... Guy
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Smokey Banks used to be one of the greatest bull riders in rodeo. But for the last few years this has-been cowboy has been riding the bookie and the bottle more, and taking a far worse beating than any bull ever delivered. Now, through a strange and sudden set of events, he is given an option : go to jail, or be a cowboy teacher at a Boy's Ranch. Saddled with a dozen young boys wild as any bull he ever faced, his mission was simple: teach young Danny (Brock Pierce) how to ride a bull. Very reluctantly, Smokey agrees, not realizing that Danny will be far more of a teacher to him than he ever dreamed. Written by Mckenzie2467

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence, mild language and thematic material

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rodeio da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,332, 7 December 1997

Gross USA:

$86,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,307
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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I Fall to Pieces
Written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard
Performed by Helena Buscema
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18 June 2005 | by john-salyerSee all my reviews

This is a compelling story about some of the larger questions of life......childhood cancer, failure, love, life after death, spiritual questions..........and so on. Biehn brings the angst of his character to life. It is quite departure from what I am used to seeing him do, e.g. the military man. He still plays a tough guy, but in this case he is brought to his knees by the heart, mind and suffering of a boy. The movie is steeped in cowboy culture, which I very much liked. What is more utterly and uniquely American than the spectacle of rodeo. If you like rodeo you will like this movie. Admittedly, the movie is somewhat formulaic.....but not all formulas are bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the message powerful, poignant and ultimately uplifting without whitewashing the real pain of this world. There is a cameo appearance by Franklin Graham who speaks plainly about Jesus. I highly recommend this film


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