Sixteen-year-old wrangler Charlie Railsberg (Melissa Gilbert, in her film debut) sees an unconquerable spirit in a wild horse she names Sylvester. Most everyone else (including tough stockyard boss Richard Farnsworth) see the nag as nothing but trouble. But they’re proven wrong when Charlie takes Sylvester all the way to the National Equestrian Trails Championship and the race of a lifetime.
Tim Hunter (June 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television and film director. Since the late 1980s he has mostly worked on television, directing episodes for dozens of televisions series including Breaking Bad, Carnivàle, Chicago Hope, Crossing Jordan, Deadwood, Falcon Crest, Homicide: Life on the Street, House M.D., Law & Order, Lie to Me, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Glee, Revenge, and American Horror Story. During the early to mid-1980s, Hunter directed feature films, including 1986’s River’s Edge, which won that year’s award for best picture at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Janet Maslin made the following comments about Hunter’s work on the films River’s Edge and Tex:
As he demonstrated in Tex, Mr. Hunter has an extraordinarily clear understanding of teen-age characters, especially those who must find their own paths without much parental supervision. But the S. E. Hinton story for that film is a great deal more innocent… read more