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Ride a Wild Pony (1975)

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Scott, a poor farm boy, is given a wild pony from a wealthy ranch owner's herd to ride to and from school. Scott and his pony soon become an inseparable team, until one day the pony ... See full summary »


Don Chaffey


Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay), James Aldridge (novel)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... James Ellison
John Meillon ... Charles E. Quayle
Robert Bettles Robert Bettles ... Scotty Pirie
Eva Griffith Eva Griffith ... Josie Ellison
Graham Rouse Graham Rouse ... Bluey Waters
Alfred Bell Alfred Bell ... Angus Pirie
John Meillon Jr. John Meillon Jr. ... Kit Quayle
Roy Haddrick Roy Haddrick ... J.C. Strapp
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Sgt. Collins
Melissa Jaffer ... Mrs. Pirie
Lorraine Bayly Lorraine Bayly ... Mrs. Ellison
Wendy Playfair ... Mrs. Quayle
Elizabeth Alexander ... Miss Hildebrand (teacher)
Kate Clarkson Kate Clarkson ... Jeannie Quayle
Phillip Ross Phillip Ross


Scott, a poor farm boy, is given a wild pony from a wealthy ranch owner's herd to ride to and from school. Scott and his pony soon become an inseparable team, until one day the pony suddenly disappears. Soon after, the ranch owner's handicapped daughter Josie has a wild pony especially trained to pull her cart. But Scott is convinced that Josie's pony is actually his, which leads to a court battle that divides their small Australian town. One child must ultimately lose the pony when true ownership is decided... Written by Snow4849

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Poor boy, rich girl... A wild pony means freedom to both but can belong to only one. See more »


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

26 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born to Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is sometimes mistakenly known under the alternative title of "Born to Run". That title was the UK title and working title for Born to Run (1977) which also features a period time, horses and an Australian setting as well as the same director (Don Chaffey) and child actor lead (Robert Bettles). See more »


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User Reviews

Good movie that teaches that certain issues are never black and white
7 May 2004 | by gee-15See all my reviews

My parents took me to this movie when it came out in theatres. I've yet to see it on video/DVD which is a shame as I remember being fairly enthralled by it as a child. Too many movies for children present their conflicts in black and white. Children are not encouraged to consider moral conflicts because the solutions are laid out clearly for them. This is one of the first movies I can remember seeing that made me think (a little).

This movie concerns the struggle between two children regarding the ownership of a pony. One is a poor boy from a struggling family whose only material possession in the world is a wild pony that he tames. The pony gets lost and inadvertently ends up in the hands of a crippled girl from a wealthy family who has every material possession possible except the one thing she really wants. The pony brings joy into both children's dark lives and each fiercely resists giving him up. The power in the film is in its ability to never allow all sympathy to rest with either child. You end up feeling for both of them. Unfortunately, there's only one pony...and one of the children will end up the loser. How this conflict is finally resolved and its consequences make the film worth seeing.

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