Directed By: Tim Hunter Starring: Melissa Gilbert

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Charlie is a 16-year-old orphan struggling to raise her two younger brothers when she endeavors to train a wild horse she names sylvester and turn him into an olympic jumping champion.


Studio Sony
SKU 40236702
UPC 043396037427
UPC 14 00043396037427
Format DVD
Release Date 4/25/2006
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Editors Note
Note Melissa Gilbert made her film debut in this cowgirl fairy tale, as Charlie, a sixteen-year-old orphan whose love of horses and stubborn determination transforms her from a down-on-her-luck cowgirl into a skillful and prize-winning equestrian. While working at a Texas stockyard breaking horses, Charlie falls in love with an ornery bronco and names him Sylvester. When she loses her job, she must struggle to find a home for her two younger brothers and keep her dreams of becoming an Olympic rider alive. With the help of her old stockyard boss, Foster (Richard Farnsworth), she learns the riding skills she needs to fufill her dreams of competing in the National Equestrian Finals. The support and mentoring of ex-cavalrymen Foster helps Charlie to realizes her potential as she rides her beloved Sylvester in the competition. Directed by Tim Hunter, SYLVESTER is the sweet story of a young girl growing up and rising above her circumstances.
Plot Summary
Summary While attempting to raise her orphaned younger brothers, the stubborn and determined Charlie (Melissa Gilbert) along with her cynical mentor, Foster (Richard Farnsworth), undertake the training of an ornery ex-rodeo horse, in hopes of bringing him up to Olympic caliber. A sweetly touching fairy tale of a young girl realizing her dreams and bucking the odds.
New York Times "...Sincerity that only the owner of a glue factory could hate....Nicely acted by [Gilbert]..." 03/15/1985 p.C8
Variety "...[Gilbert and Farnsworth] deliver solid performances....A drama with decent values [and] quiet, steady pacing..." 03/20/1985
Los Angeles Times "...SYLVESTER is a pretty neat movie..." 03/15/1985 p.C16
Tim Hunter
Melissa Gilbert
Cast & Crew
Carol Sobieski - Screenplay
Constance Towers - Actor
David Garfield, et al. - Editor
Hiro Narita - Cinematographer
Martin Jurow - Producer
Melissa Gilbert - Actor
Michael Schoeffling - Actor
Peter Kowanko - Actor
Richard Farnsworth - Actor
Tim Hunter - Director
Yankton Hatten - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 03742
UPC 00043396037427
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby, Hi-fi Stereo, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Gilbert,Melissa
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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