Derby Stallion

The Derby Stallion

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Director: Craig Clyde

Cast: Bill Cobbs, Tonja Walker, William R. Moses

     
 

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A teenage boy develops a sense of purpose and some new friends through an unlikely alliance with a aging musician and his horse in this drama for the whole family. Fifteen-year-old Patrick McCardle (Zac Efron) is the son of a former professional football player, Jim (William R. Moses), who wants his boy to

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A teenage boy develops a sense of purpose and some new friends through an unlikely alliance with a aging musician and his horse in this drama for the whole family. Fifteen-year-old Patrick McCardle (Zac Efron) is the son of a former professional football player, Jim (William R. Moses), who wants his boy to follow in his footsteps as an athlete. But Patrick has never had much aptitude or interest in football, baseball, or track, and doesn't feel especially close either to his father or his classmates at school. Patrick has struck up a friendship with Houston Jones (Bill Cobbs), an elderly blues musician who likes to drink and tell stories, but Jim considers Jones a bad influence and Patrick avoids telling his father about the time they spend together. In his younger days, Jones was a jockey and horse trainer, and when he rescues an injured race horse, Jones is convinced the animal has what it takes to be a winner again. Jones sets his sights on entering the horse in the State Cup Steeplechase Race, and Patrick becomes his right hand man, along with Jill (Crystal Hunt) and Chuck (Rob Pinkston), two new kids who have just moved into town from the big city. With only six weeks before the race, can Jones and his three young assistants turn an underdog into a champion?

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Zac Efron stars as 15-year-old Patrick, a promising ballplayer but who can't get his head in the game. Whoops, that's High School Musical, the phenomenally popular movie that catapulted Efron to teen idol status. The Derby Stallion was filmed prior to HSM, but fans will find similarities in Patrick's coming-of-age journey. Much to the disappointment of his father, a former professional baseball player whose career was cut short by injury, Patrick is determined to be a steeplechaser and ride in the Derby. His Mr. Miyagi is Houston Jones (Bill Cobbs), an elderly, disreputable black man haunted by his past. Patrick's nemesis is a conceited, rich bully who is "the No. 1 steeplechaser in the state." But he is encouraged to follow his dream by Jill, the new pretty girl in town, with whom he develops a chaste romance. There is little in The Derby Stallion viewers will not see coming from furlongs away, but this is part of its modest charms. A winner on the film festival circuit, this is the kind of heartfelt family film Hollywood has ceded to television and home video. There is scant profanity or coarse language. Positive messages about the rewards of hard work and perseverance make this a winner, as does the likeable Efron.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
UPC:
0096009610890
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Echo Bridge
Time:
4:02:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; DVD Bonus Features:; ; Unrated Cast Interview; Unrated Stories from the Shoot Photo Montage; Three Audio Song Tracks by Billy Preston; ; DVD-ROM Features:; ; Printable Photos; Wallpaper; Screen Saver; Buddy Icons

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Cobbs Houston Jones
Tonja Walker Linda McCardle
William R. Moses Jim McCardle
Crystal Hunt Jill Overton
Rob Pinkston Chuck Overton
Michael Nardelli Randy Adams
Colton James Donald
Zac Efron Patrick McCardle

Technical Credits
Craig Clyde Director
Donna Brower Casting
Ed Davidson Executive Producer
Tanja Walker Davidson Producer
Victoria Dolceamore Score Composer
Kimberly Gough Screenwriter
Susan Graef Editor
John Gunselman Cinematographer
Billy Preston Score Composer,Songwriter
Mickey Raphael Score Composer
Jeane Rosone Costumes/Costume Designer
David Shoshan Executive Producer
Kevin Summerfield Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Adventures of Black Stallion - Season One, Volume One
1. Episode 1: Where There's A Will [25:26]
1. Episode 2: Vigil [22:00]
1. Episode 3: First Among Equals [25:23]
1. Episode 4: Long Way Home [25:23]
1. Episode 5: Stowaway [22:00]
1. Episode 6: A Friend In Need [25:24]

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The Derby Stallion 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Zac Efron was in it I saw it. This movie was a good movie that was easy to watch. I have decided that I like Efron in musicals better. The story is a good story, but it is predictable.
NorrieBeth More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie. I thought Zac Efron did a great job in this movie.