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Shannon's Rainbow (2009)

PG | | Drama, Family | 8 January 2013 (USA)
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The death of a teenager's father leaves her orphaned until she discovers the mother she never knew. When she travels to meet her, she befriends a horse trainer. Together they win races and form new bonds that lead her back to happiness.

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Frank E. Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Michelle ... Shannon Greene
Daryl Hannah ... Rita Baker
Michael Madsen ... Dave Blair
Joanna Pacula ... Emily Blair
Claire Forlani ... Christine Pearson
Suzi Hofrichter ... Nurse Dana
Stephen Colletti ... Brandon
Carson Brown ... Rio
Jason Gedrick ... Eric Parker
Eric Roberts ... Mitchell Prescott
Krista Allen ... Jessica
Willie Garson ... Richard
Scott Eastwood ... Joey
Steve Guttenberg ... Ed
Charles Durning ... Floyd
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After the sudden death of her father leaves a teenage girl without a family, she becomes lost in her own anger and sadness. Her family doctor (Daryl Hannah) informs her that her father had a secret, that the mother she never knew (Claire Forlani) was alive and well. When she travels to meet her, she befriends a horse trainer (Colletti, Stephen) and discovers that in caring for the horse, she is able to overcome her hardships and emotional trauma. Together they begin to win many races and upset the favorites, owned by an egocentric mogul (Eric Roberts). Through the victories and new friendships she forms, she learns to find her way back to happiness. Written by VMI

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazing Racer See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Director Frank Johnson interviewed hundreds of young actresses for two years in search of the perfect Shannon. He finally found her, Julianne Michelle. One year and five months later, filming began. See more »

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Wild Wind
Written by Dave Hanner
Performed by Alli Gillis
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Harness Racing Scenes were Good
19 January 2013 | by Zoe8874See all my reviews

The only reason I watched was because of the harness racing element. The writers obviously didn't do a very thorough job on that research because a 16 year old with NO experience would never have been able to obtain a pari-mutuel drivers license in the time frame represented.

The emotional relationship with the mother and daughter could occur and the involvement of horses helps heal a lot of wounds. The story just throws in too many undeveloped characters and impossible horse training scenarios that are not reality.

Clean language and gorgeous horses and racing shots would make it suitable entertainment for kids. Purist racing fans are going to hate it.


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