Excellent film; visually stunning and great acting, story.
babysqk | Tallahassee, Fl | 01/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film (theatrical release 1988, video release date April 1999) will prove to be a favorite of Jeff Fahey fans, and general movie-goers alike. It was filmed in Australia, and is visually stunning. Story revolves around a teenage girl's life and the people and situations she encounters in turn of the century Australia. Her character, Alice May Richards (played by Tushka Bergen) grows up on a horse ranch; has to deal with the farm going bankrupt, her father's death, getting shipped off to the city away from the life and horses she loves. Meanwhile she meets Ben Creed (Jeff Fahey) a dashing, hardworking broker, who falls for her, but her attentions are focused on a macho and less interesting horseman on her ranch...I won't spoil it for you, but this movie is highly interesting for character development and the twists and turns of the plot. This was probably a huge hit in Australia...I have purchased this video a total of seven times for gifts since I originally viewed it in June of 1999. Excellent choice for young girls who are horse lovers...and a very excellent effort by Jeff Fahey as well. Again, the visual aspects of the beautiful countryside, the horses, characters costumed perfectly in turn of the century clothing, and great plot and all round acting makes this film a real winner! Enjoy! (Note: no nudity, or situations unsuitable for a G audience!) A real GEM!"
Australian scenery, horses, Fahey scenery, what more could y
R. Couturier | AZ | 01/31/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A young Jeff Fahey is in the movie that is so well reviewed below. Kind of a sweet little movie, till our virginal heroine suddenly falls into bed after clearly establishing that she is not that kind of girl.
I was surprised at the authenticity of costumes, etc. Something about horses makes any movie more majestic.
It was not as strong as I would have liked. The movie business is a competitive one, and it seems a waste to put all that money and energy into something that doesn't grab you in some way and keep you watching.
It's gotta be more than just the blue eyes."
Surprisingly good western and romantic movie
Jane Austen | San Francisco, CA USA | 07/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The cinematography is outstanding -- especially any of the scenes featuring the roundup of the wild horses near the sea and in the mountains. The actors are good and all well selected for their parts. (Jeff Fahey fans will especially enjoy this movie.) The background music is beautiful and hauntingly memorable. I would like to see more emphasis on Australian culture. There were no aboriginees or wild animals specific to this part of the world, which would probably be included if the film was made today. However, this doesn't distract from a good story that leaves the viewer with a warm feeling. I imagine the critic reviews when it was originally released in Australia must have been very favorable, and wish there were special features about the making of the movie. Fun movie to watch more than once."