Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John G. Avildsen|
|Produced by||Clyde LeVin
|Written by||Monte Merrick|
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Edited by||J. Douglas Seelig|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Running time||105 minutes|
8 Seconds is a 1994 American biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. Its title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored. It stars Luke Perry as American rodeo legend Lane Frost and focuses on his life and career as a bull riding champion. It also features Stephen Baldwin as Tuff Hedeman, and Red Mitchell as Cody Lambert. Notably, there is an early appearance by Renée Zellweger.
The film was completed and premiered shortly after what would have been Lane's 30th birthday, in late 1993.
While growing up in Oklahoma, young Lane Frost (Cameron Finley) learns the tricks of the bull riding trade at the hand of his father, Clyde (James Rebhorn), an accomplished rodeo bronco rider himself. As he enters his teenage and early adult years, Lane (Luke Perry) travels the western rodeo circuit with his best friends Tuff Hedeman (Stephen Baldwin) and Cody Lambert (Red Mitchell). He meets and falls in love with a young barrel racer, Kellie Kyle, and they eventually marry in 1984.
As Lane's legend and fame increase, so does the amount of pressure he puts on himself, to be what everyone wants him to be, and he wants to show that he is as good as they say he is. His ascent to the world championship is marred by a cheating incident, questions about Kellie's devotion, and a near broken neck. The film also follows him through the true life series between himself and Red Rock, a bull that no cowboy had ever been able to stay on for 8 seconds. It cuts the series down to three rides. In 1989, he is the second-to-last rider at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. While riding on the bull known as "Takin' Care Of Business", he dismounts after his 8 second ride but the bull turns back and hits him in the side with his horn, breaking some ribs and severing a main artery. As a result of excessive internal bleeding, he dies on the arena floor before he can be transported to the hospital.
The final scene shows Hedeman later that same year at the National Finals Rodeo riding for the world championship. After the 8 second bell sounds, he continues to ride and stays on an additional 8 seconds as a tribute to his fallen best friend and that is why the film got its title.
- Luke Perry (Cameron Finley, young) as Lane Frost
- Stephen Baldwin as Tuff Hedeman
- Red Mitchell as Cody Lambert
- Cynthia Geary as Kellie Kyle Frost
- James Rebhorn as Clyde Frost
- Carrie Snodgress as Elsie Frost
- Linden Ashby as Martin Hudson
- Renée Zellweger as Buckle Bunny
- George Michael as Himself
- Brooks & Dunn as Themselves
- Vince Gill as Himself
- Karla Bonoff as Herself
Differences from reality
One of the film's major differences is Lane's relationship with his father, Clyde. The film portrays him as wanting to prove himself to Clyde to earn his respect. In reality, they both had a great relationship in which Clyde never pushed him to pursue bull riding and always supported his career.
Lane and Kellie were married on January 5, 1985, at the United Methodist Church in Quanah, Texas, not at her parents ranch. During their marriage, there were conflicts as his rodeo career and World Champion duties kept him away from home, and she, for extended periods of time. During early 1988 they did separate for a brief period of time. He worked hard to win her back. She was there to watch him win the final match of the "Challenge of the Champions" with the bull Red Rock.
Lane was not matched up with Red Rock at any point during the 1987 National Finals Rodeo. Also, he was challenged to ride him seven times at seven different rodeos...not three times at the same rodeo. He ended up riding him successfully four out of seven times.
Lane's older sister, Robin, and younger brother, Cody, are neither mentioned nor seen at any time in the film.
None of Lane's family members, including Kellie, were present at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on July 30, 1989. It was also a very rainy and muddy day, and not sunny and dusty as seen in the film.
- Official Lane Frost website
- 8 Seconds at the Internet Movie Database
- 8 Seconds at Box Office Mojo
- 8 Seconds at Rotten Tomatoes