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8 Seconds

8 Seconds
Starring:
Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, Cody Lambert, Cynthia Geary, James Rebhorn and Carrie Snodgress


Rated: PG-13 for language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 25, 1994 Released by: New Line Cinema

Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210 teen heartthrob) is very effective as real life world champion bull rider and youngest Hall of Fame, Lane Frost.

Perry's thin and lanky frame and country boy "oh gosh ma'am" attitude makes a very appealing cowboy.

Frost and two bull riding buddies, played by Cody Lambert and Stephen Baldwin, leave their Oklahoma farms to compete in rodeos on the weekends. He meets a cute barrel racer, Kellie (played by Northern Exposure's Cynthia Geary) and although she's from a wealthy Texan family, he pursues her long distance.

This is basically a love story about young marriage, played out against the rough, dangerous sport of bull riding. The title refers to the amount of time a rider must stay on top of the bronco bull before he scores, and it's got to be the longest 8 seconds in history.

There's a strong cast backing up young Perry. Carrie Snodgress, one of my favorites ever since I first saw her in Diary of a Mad Housewife, plays Lane's caring mother and restrained James Rebhorn plays the father that Lane is always trying to please. Baldwin, smart-aleck and feisty, is delightful, as is poetry-reading Lambert as the two buddies.

The credits roll over video footage of the real Lane Frost and family and there's a striking resemblance between him and Perry.

Director John G. Avildsen (Karate Kid and Rocky) gives us a sweet film that stops short of being sentimental, and the very appealing Luke Petty does an excellent job bringing this champion to life.

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