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Run for the Roses (1977)

PG | | Drama, Sport | June 1977 (USA)
Juanito, a boy from Puerto Rico, finds himself in Kentucky and drawn to a thoroughbred horse. He believes the horse can win the Derby and eventually others around him start to think it's possible.

Director:

Henry Levin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vera Miles ... Clarissa Stewart
Stuart Whitman ... Charlie
Sam Groom ... Jim
Panchito Gómez Panchito Gómez ... Juanito Hernandez
Teddy Wilson ... Flash
Lisa Eilbacher ... Carol
Henry Brandon ... Jeff
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... Duke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Babb Keith Babb ... Auctioneer
Marlene Dabney Marlene Dabney ... Brunilda
Mitchell R. Danton Mitchell R. Danton ... Juanito's Friend (as Mitchell Danton)
Sherri Durell Sherri Durell ... Juanito's friend
Mary Helen Fisher Mary Helen Fisher ... Lola
David Hardt David Hardt ... Second hand
Henry Hesson Henry Hesson ... Race announcer
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Storyline

Juanito, a boy from Puerto Rico, finds himself in Kentucky and drawn to a thoroughbred horse. He believes the horse can win the Derby and eventually others around him start to think it's possible.

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Some Run for the Money! Some Run for the Glory! But it Takes a Champion to... [Run For The Roses]

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thoroughbreds See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pan American Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Though this is generally a family movie, at the 20 minute mark, if you look carefully on the wall in the room where Flash & Juanito are talking about making a bet, you'll notice what *appears* to be nude women pinups. See more »

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Obvious feel-good movie that is too predictable...
9 February 2003 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 2/9/2003 - 4 out of 10(Dir-Henry Levin): Obvious feel-good movie that is too predictable. This is a heart-warming story of a young Mexican boy who is given a crippled son of a thoroughbred and with an operation becomes one of the fastest horses around. Behind this all is a fight over the horse from the former owner who gave the horse to the boy to it's newly appointment caretakers. The movie is at it's best when it's showing us behind-the-scenes footage of great horse races like the Kentucky Derby and close-ups of an operation that is done on "Royal" Champion to straighten his leg. It's at its worst trying to portray a evil owner(played by Vera Miles) who becomes reconciled with the others in the end(unbelievably so) and puts her totally out of character. A little "too" much feel-good and not enough realism to make for a believable story.


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