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Plot Overview

the diplomaCanadian country girls Lucy Edwards and her friend Lindsay grew up together in Alberta (“We were like sisters.”) At seventeen Lucy “a looker” eloped with rodeo bum Josh Morgan (Ron White) against her father's wishes who wanted some­one better for her; she was married and pregnant by the time he caught up with them. Since the film depicts Lindsay's daughter Casey (Candace Ratcliffe) in the same grade nine as Lucy's son Shane, Lindsay (Janet-Laine Green) would have fallen pregnant at the same time Lucy did, though if she were the older “sister,” that would have given her time to learn her trade as a veterinarian first. Lindsay's husband Roger Suther­land (Thomas Hauff) is a real estate lawyer commuting to town at a time when the market is soft. The Morgans have been living in the states, Josh working as a general laborer until rodeo season when they make the circuit in their truck–camper.

rooster and chickRoger and Lindsay attempt a trial separation until he wants to move east while seeing how it works out, but she wants to “make it legal.” Lucy wants to drive Josh home from the saloon one night but this rodeo rider doesn't want to ride shotgun. When Casey's father is gone and Shane's mother “isn't coming,” they're wallowing together in the pits, the Morgans having moved back to the ranch inherited from Josh's deceased father-in-law. This is a circle-of-life flick high­lighting the difficulties under­standing cow­boys & cow­girls who don't wear their emotions on their sleeves.


There are some modest background points in this film that pack a whole lot of punch as in, (Prov. 30:24) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:”

answerhome readingoverwhelming textMethodology is important(Prov. 30:25) “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” It's good to start early to prepare for one's path in life. Here we see Shane (Joshua Ansley) at age ten offering to help break his mom's new filly, and he won a purse steer riding at the rodeo. He is diligent in his home schooling on the road (“That kid reads so much it's a wonder he can still talk.”) Four years later Shane (Zachary Ansley) insists on jumping into the ninth grade rather than repeat eighth for being behind. He'll work to make it up; he's a smart kid. His teacher Mr. Thorpe (Thomas Peacocke) gives him additional tutoring. Shane assists the vet to reimburse her for her work done. He performs the regular ranch chores and looks for out­side opportunity (“I like it here, Dad. We both have to get a job.”) He repairs their truck after procuring needed parts. He helps at the Snack Shack in exchange for a ride.

bus stop3 at desks(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” Location is all important. It is much to Shane's benefit to have a settled home where he can be enrolled in a regular school to fill out his tran­script and to socialize with kids his age. Roger Suther­land moved east for better opportunity. Josh followed the rodeo.

(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” It's good to develop ad hoc liaisons. Mrs Suther­land responds to her neighbors' desperate straits telling Shane, “I have friends here. We're gonna help you out.”

quartet(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” The final step to success is to take hold of ambitious opportunities to secure one's niche in this world. It's an imposing palace that the little spider finds her place in. In his mid-thirties Josh is unable to defend his title against younger bucks, but he finds manual work through the Canada Employment Center (“I can drive any­thing”) and a humble position at the rodeo.

Production Values

” (1988) was written and directed by Anne Wheeler. It was based on the novel, Cowboys Don't Cry by Marilyn Halvor­son. It stars Ron White, Zachary Ansley, Janet-Laine Green, and Candace Rat­cliffe. Son "Shane" was played by brothers Zachary and Joshua Ansley at different ages. The acting was so-so using locals. It was filmed in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada. It has a run­time of 1¾ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

It opens with a fixed shot of cows sauntering through a gate, and the pace doesn't let up. This is a good one to nod off to; on awakening you can just pick up where you left off. If you're a farmer looking for a wife, watch this movie with your dates; you'll learn a lot.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability for children: Not rated. Expletives are used when called for. Special effects: Wake up and smell the 1990s technology. Video Occasion: Good Date Movie. Suspense: Predictable. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.