Phar Lap

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Released 1983

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Phar Lap

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Director:
Simon Wincer
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG
Tommy (Tom Burlinson) works as a stable boy for horse trainer Harry Telford (Martin Vaughan). Telford takes a risk in leasing a gaunt horse named Phar Lap from his boss, Dave Davis (Ron Leibman), entrusting care of the animal to Tommy. But when Phar Lap begins an unexpected winning spree, Telford must fend off pressure from other racers and disgruntled gamblers -- not to mention the boss and his wife (Judy Morris), who have both taken a keen interest in the horse and its earning potential.

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  • 90

    Variety

    Tom Burlinson is very effective as the shy stable-boy who becomes devoted to the courageous horse. Martin Vaughan is impressive as the grimly determined trainer who leases the hors...

  • 88

    TV Guide

    Although the film plays a little too heavily on this patriotic theme, its simple boy-and-his-horse story is beautifully effective.

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The movie Phar Lap is as much of a crowd pleaser as the champion Australian race horse for whom it is named. In a gently rousing style that should appeal in equal measure to adults...

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