Monday, June 21, 2010

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken - Movie Review


Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

Year of Release: 1991


Gabrielle Anwar ... Sonora Webster
Michael Schoeffling ... Al Carver
Cliff Robertson ... Doctor W.F. Carver
Dylan Kussman ... Clifford Henderson
Kathleen York ... Marie
Frank Renzulli ... Mr. Slater
Nancy Moore Atchison ... Arnette Webster
Lisa Norman ... Aunt Helen
Lorianne Collins ... Clarabelle
Elizabeth Hayes ... Miss Simpson
Laura Lee Norton ... Mrs. Ellis
Michael J. Matusiak ... Photographer
Jeff Woodward ... Reporter #1
David Massry ... Reporter #2
Cheri Brown ... Attractive Girl


The captivating real-life story of a girl who dared to live her dream.

Everyone will cheer Walt Disney Pictures' presentation of this captivating real-life story of Sonora Webster's determination and courage. A runaway orphan, young Sonora (Gabrielle Anwar) persists in 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, Al Carver (Michael Schoeffling), Sonora proves that if you want something badly enough, anything is possible!

Movie Review:

This is one of those captivating movies, that once you begin watching it - you just can't take your eyes off of it... it is truly beautiful and inspiring!

Young Sonora, finds herself on her own at a young age. Her parents have passed away and an Aunt has taken her in, as well as her little sister. There is a depression going on, though, so money is tight. When her aunt tells her she is giving her over to the state, Sonora runs away and applys to Doc Carver, a showman, to be his new Diving Girl. (this act entails diving a horse off a forty foot tower into a pool of water!) She dreams of going to Atlantic City and living a life of adventure! He doesn't think she has what it takes, mainly beauty, but he must admire her spunk, because he takes pity on her and gives her a job cleaning the horse stalls.

In time, Sonora and Doc's son, Al, grow fond of one another while caring for the horses and breaking a wild horse together, however Al and his father disagree over how to run the business and Al leaves. While he is gone, he writes Sonora nearly everyday, however those letters never reach her, because his father destroys or hides them.

The show goes on, in spite of Al's absense, and Sonora continues to travel on to each new city. When the opportunity arrives, Sonora finally gets her chance to be a "Diving Girl". She has trained for it and it is her dream. She doesn't quite fit into the suit or the role, just yet, but after her first dive- she is elated! Sonora eventually becomes their official Diving Girl.

Al returns where dreams come true, Atlantic City, and life changes again. He and his father make ammends and eventually... Al and Sonora find true love, even through hardship and life's struggles. It's a story of determination and courage. Once you see it, you will never forget it... it's beautiful and captivating - a Disney Gem!

I recall seeing this movie years ago, as a young girl who loves horses. I still find it to be just as moving and inspirational, as it was then!

This Movie is based on a True Story.

See or Skip:

A Must See for Families!!!


1 comment:

  1. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken is one of my favorite movies! I have it on would purchase on DVD if I ever find it...Great story of courage in the face of tragedy...

    Joyce from Florida


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