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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991). "Manure just happens to be my specialty."

Join us for this week's episode "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken". We talk horse ladies, carnies, statutory "love", keeping info to yourself, hard love meets hard work and why you always close your eyes when you fall. Does this movie have us galloping over the line? Or are we hoping to be bucked off halfway up? Find out now!!!


Storyline :Thrilled by a performance she sees at a fair, Sonora (Gabrielle Anwar) tries to land a spot as a daredevil who rides horses off of high dives. With the help of Al Carver (Michael Schoeffling), whose father runs the show, she works toward her goal. An injury to star rider Marie (Kathleen York) paves her way, and she finds herself on the diving platform. Her life looks complete now that she and Al are in love, but she is about to be thrust into the most trying time of her life.

Directors: Steve Miner

Writers: Matt Williams & Oley Sassone

Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson and Kathleen York

Awards: None

Film Budget: $7,294,835

Gross Worldwide: Unknown


This movie really didn't have much music but here's a few samples.


You'll be blinded by these horse facts.

  1. Last acting work of Michael Schoeffling, who quit the film business in the early 1990's to concentrate in his own selling furniture business.

  2. Gabrielle Anwar was 21 when she played the role of Sonora Webster.

  3. The forty-foot dive was actually smaller; to ensure the safety of the horses, they could not dive more than ten feet. The dive was made larger through visual trickery.

  4. Writer Oley Sassone met the real Sonora Webster Carver sometime in the late-1980s, and wanted to make a thirty-minute documentary about her career as a diving girl in the Great Depression. Sassone then contacted producer Matt Williams about the idea. Williams then suggested it would make a great feature-length film.

  5. Myrtle Beach, SC stood in for Atlantic City, NJ. Warnings of hurricanes and tropical storms in the area threatened the production.


Very happy to see this film on Disney+. If you have young daughters this is the perfect film for them.

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