Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Anspaugh|
|Produced by||Richard Berg|
|Written by||Larry Ketron|
|Music by||David Foster
|Editing by||David Rosenbloom|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||November 18, 1988|
|Running time||105 min.|
A Cincinnati college student breaks off his engagement to his wealthy fiancée after he falls in love with a backwoods Kentucky girl he meets at a party. She says she's 20, but he finds out she's 16 and married to an abusive husband.
- Molly Ringwald as Jewel
- Andrew McCarthy as Matt Larkin
- Patti D'Arbanville as Jean
- Ben Stiller as Tipton
- Leon Russom as Kyle Larkin
- Molly Hagan as Ellen
- Viggo Mortensen as Green
- Doug Hutchison as Sproles
- Dan Davis as Fletcher
Filming locations in Kentucky included Kenton, Boone and Gallatin Counties, and the city of Warsaw; In Ohio, the University of Cincinnati, the city of Cincinnati, and Kings Island amusement park, then in Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio, now in Mason; and Switzerland County, Indiana.
Critical reaction to the film was mixed. In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Wilmington said, "[t]here's a lot to admire in the film adaptation of Larry Ketron's play 'Fresh Horses'" and called the dialogue "fresh, sad and funny." He also praised the work of director Anspaugh and cinematographer Fred Murphy, saying they give the movie "a very distinctive look: moody and poetic, grainy and wistful, drenched with a sad, faraway, forget-me-not drizzle of passion and regrets." However, he concluded that the "movie refuses to jell."
The film performed poorly.
- Wilmington, Michael (1988-11-21). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Fresh Horses' Slips, Yet Still Has Much to Offer". Los Angeles Times. latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- "Box Office Champs, Chumps : The hero of the bottom line was the 46-year-old 'Bambi' - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1989-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
- Fresh Horses at the Internet Movie Database
- Fresh Horses at AllMovie
- Fresh Horses at Rotten Tomatoes