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Ride a Wild Pony
Ride a Wild Pony poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by Jerome Courtland
Written by Rosemary Anne Sisson
Starring Robert Bettles
Eva Griffith
Michael Craig
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Jack Cardiff
Editing by Mike Campbell
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution (US)
British Empire Films (Australia)
Release date(s) December 25, 1975
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget AU$1 million

Ride a Wild Pony is a 1975 American-Australian family adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions, directed by Don Chaffey and based on the novel A Sporting Proposition by James Aldridge.

Plot

Set in a small Australian town during the interwar period, the film follows the battle between two children, Scott, a poor farm boy, and Josie, the handicapped daughter of a wealthy ranch owner, for ownership of a horse that both children love. Scott requires a horse to ride seven miles to school today and his father buys an unbroken pony, which Scott names Taff. Josie yearns to ride again but, being afflicted with polio two years ago, must settle on the use of a cart and pony. Scott's pony disappears, while a pony is eventually selected for Josie from her father's herd. When Scott sees the horse, which Josie named Bo, performing in the pony and cart competition at the township fair, he recognizes it as his horse and attempts to take it away. The ensuing quarrel affects both the children as well as dividing the town. The children eventually become friends and, while the ownership issue is legally resolved, they agree on a way of sharing the pony between them.

Cast

  • Robert Bettles as Scott Pirie
  • Eva Griffith as Josie Ellison
  • Michael Craig as James Ellison
  • John Meillon as Charles Quayle
  • Alfred Bell as Angus Pirie
  • Roy Haddrick as J.C. Strapp
  • Peter Gwynne as Sgt. Collins
  • Melissa Jaffer as Mrs. Pirie
  • Lorraine Bayly as Mrs. Ellison
  • Wendy Playfair as Mrs. Quayle
  • Kate Clarkson as Jeannie Quayle
  • Jessica Noad as Miss Elsie
  • Neva Carr Glyn as Miss Gwen
  • Gerry Duggan as Train Engineer
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