The Electric Horseman (1979) – Filmsack Show Notes

INTRO

Oh hi, this week’s movie is about a horse (a fricken’ horse) and his man. A horseman.

Why a horse movie you may ask? I’ll tell you why we watched this dumbass horse movie, because I made the mistake of revealing to my friends (and the Internet), my distrust for these muscle bound beasts of burden with brains the size of a human child’s brain. Brains by the way which horses  use to calculate how long they have to wait before they can stop pretending to be your friend and start kicking your ass into the ground!

Puny human! You have hoof holes for a face now. Let’s get ice cream! Look at me I’ve got the brain of a 5 years old with the body of a killer! I’m in your kitchen. (Neigh, Neigh) Unpredictable.

Anywho, I hope you enjoy my displeasure.

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The Electric Horseman (1979)

Directed by Sydney Pollack. With Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson. A rodeo star past his prime steal his company’s horse and rides off into the desert, with a feisty female reporter accompanying him.

The Electric Horseman – Wikipedia

The Electric Horseman is a 1979 American western adventure- romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal company to become its spokesperson, and then runs away on a $12 million electric-lit horse and costume he is given to promote it in Las Vegas.

 

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The Electric Horseman (1979) – Like every Willie Nelson cowboy song ever in one movie. Toast, Bacon…eggs…EGGS!

SHOW NOTES

Shhh…tranquil! Damnit Willie. You are gonna scare off the asshole horse.

That golfer looks like he took a shot to the nuts!

1969! Buckle Trophy. What were those made of?

My heroes have always been cowboys? How come?

Uh oh…broke the shoulder.

Now is the part of the song where we play weird instruments…and a harmonica.

Whose magazine rack is that.

Mustache…no mustache…stache…no stache

Ranch Breakfast…it’s full of cow shit.

Chicken Livers 79 cents!

Ahhh…he is like a byline now. Things went from Buckles to Bunk.

Sydney Pollack!

Like pushing boots on a drunk rodeo star…

My silky shirt is pinching my man chest.

Our HalfTime Theme of Champions of the world…or “look what we dug up.”

Ohh…the horse is electric!

Hey kids! Do you like cereal? I have cereal! and booze! Mostly booze.

On the ground again.

Momma don’t let your babies grow up to be drunk cowboys.

Ranch Breakfast makes you explode with energy. Toast, Bacon, Eggs and More Toast and Bacon and Meatloaf and Olives…oh and my nuts.

Kind of creepy…riding Sonny Steele ride on with kids. I can ride my own horse old man.

Ampco does everything.

We need some Michelob

Nothing worse than little Venus.+

Willie Nelson, you can’t sing your song you sing in real life as a character in a movie! Breaking me.

What the hell…how am I down on the field when I am right here…how drunk am i right now?

You just got replaced by a stand in.

Butt Broderick?

Indians make watchbands?

Is this movie all cowboy songs by Willie Nelson? No wonder they hired him. Probably got a hell of a deal on the music.

What’s that horse doing here in the parking lot?

Tequila Factory?

Foggy Taints wife?

Don’t tell no jokes and don’t lift no skirts.

5 Times rodeo champ…now selling cereal.

A little bute.

Your horse is stoned…and I’m drunk. We could party.

“Ain’t that right Rising Star!”

This weird ass Cowboy Con.

“The mean question lady.”

Elevating our anti-hero by introducing an even eviler guy(s)

Come on. I was just kidding. I don’t want a divorce.

Signing divorce papers in a bar in Vegas. Happens every five minute.

uh. Disco Magic! Listen to the funky sound….what…no Willie Nelson?

Stone Cold Sober.

If the horse was hurt. Wouldn’t it have been more humane to just shoot the horse. Instead of riding it through the Casino and then down the streets of Vegas.

People cheer for any weird shit riding through Vegas…”yeah…this is normal!” Cheer!

Hi, I’m Willie Nelson. I sing about horses and cowboys.

Just temporarily sterile. It goes away.

One Drunken Cowboy can take down a corporation.

Ampco primary concern is the health of the horse?

Investigative reporter.  Let’s check the tape.

This Cowboy can’t stop stealing stuff!? Or did he borrow from Gus?

Horse in an RV making meth. Breaking Cowboy

What kind of horse voodoo is he working.

Gus is an odd bird.

“I work for television.” The whole damn thing?

That is a big bag of something she is sitting on.

This movie has some really hard cuts. One minute she is sitting on a giant bag of something talking to Gus during the day. The next minute she is getting punched in the face at night?

When cats sneak up on Robert Redford he punches them in the face. He likes horses.

You want information? It’s 1979. Go to the library.

12 Million dollar horse

Welcome to my cowboy sauna. It’s dark and full of beans.

Captured horse thief ain’t no story.

Watching some Mr. Magoo

This movie should be titled “I’m calling your bluff.” Cutting tires. Walking out.

He’s not a mean drunk! He’s just a drunk. How dare you defame my anti-hero!

Pinball Sheriff

hehe…do people still get off on dirty phone calls?

Since when does a corporation track someone like the FBI?

Damn she brought all the gear. Typical woman trope…high heels in the nature.

They would have the horse wearing short pants and smoking cigars.

Why is Redford so worried about the horse being sterile.

I like how he gave her the best speech ever before the camera was rolling. Then the worst speech ever while rolling.

Damn that woman! That’s why I left her…her and her big…

What is the letter? It’s got a stamp

Television must not pay a lot in 1979

KSOT.

RimRock Canyon in Utah.

A place that horses like; Rim Rock Canyon.

WHAT’S IN THE LETTER!

He’s a cereal cowboy.

Going to St. George…unless they moved the road.

There is a cop convention in town. A COP CONVENTION!

Ahh…the “I’m coming along” trope.

Harmonica musical

Using a cowboy hat to hide to hide when they are looking for a cowboy.

Seems reasonable. Horse can outrun cop cars and motorcycles…cause a horse has at least…1 horsepower.

Late 70s chase music was always funk…it literally sounds like every episode of C.H.I.P.S

Ok genius…you caught up with the guy on the horse on your motorcycle. Now what? Gonna bring him down?

Was it standard for cops to wear helmets in the cars during possible pursuit situations during the late 70s?

Gee I wonder if one of these cop cars will end up on top of the other cop car? bump… Well I’ll be damned.

She captured the part he didn’t know she was shooting.

Cowboys love open cans of beans. Just lay them around like decoration.

We are walking…with our feet.

No way can you eat that many beans and expect to make out city folk.

Gawd I want to be GUS. “I’m in the kitchen!” “My Wild Blue Yonder! I bought it in Elko!”

Wilfred good guy.

Sonny Steele. NORMAN!

Oh please tell me Randy is going to sing the National Anthem!

That poor horse. That poor mean horse.

My name is Alice. Alice and Norman.

Poor Diana Ross. Here name is all over this movie. Never seen her once. She’s the Chick in the bucket.

That kiss tastes like pills and beans.

Morning? Where did you get cheese?

Norman get the “getting up medal.”

Trope. Lady Luggage. Time to lighted the load.

Treating each other like children. It’s how relationships work.

You can name anything…anything…like they did with their names.

Get on this horse lady!

Caller…turn down your radio

“Is this Russian?” I think he may be illiterate. Is that what we are implying.

People love rebel cereal. Even though the profits go to the company.

Mom gone to get Butane Louise.

Ask a kid how much to make a call. “One Dollar!”

If that kid can read her note then my theory that Norman is illiterate may have merit. I guess he could have vision troubles…but he had trouble seeing at all in her prescription glasses. But…wait…he read the script earlier in the movie. Maybe he just has a little vision problem…or maybe he is crazy.

A 3 day trip.

You bastard! You lied to me!

You sent that sterile race horse out to fight the mares! Foool!

ahh…look…they are coming to great him. Nope!

Wait…is he coming or is he going…how many horses am I looking at right now!

Alright! A slow version of a cowboy song.

A donut with a candle in it? That is something for the road?

Haha…she ain’t got no bags bus man.

Ampco needs a new logo? Cause it was a horse. What they got now?

I’m just a cowboy in a modern world.