Fresh Horses

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Fresh Horses
Fresh Horses.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Anspaugh
Produced by Richard Berg
Written by Larry Ketron
Starring Molly Ringwald
Andrew McCarthy
Music by David Foster
Patrick Williams
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Editing by David Rosenbloom
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates November 18, 1988
Running time 105 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $6,640,346

Fresh Horses is a 1988 drama film directed by David Anspaugh, and starring Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald.


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.



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[edit]

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."[1]

Box office[edit]

The film performed poorly.[2]


The film is based upon the play of the same name, also by Larry Ketron. It was first performed at the WPA Theatre, New York City on February 4, 1986 with a cast including Suzy Amis.


  1. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1988-11-21). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Fresh Horses' Slips, Yet Still Has Much to Offer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Champs, Chumps : The hero of the bottom line was the 46-year-old 'Bambi' - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". 1989-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 

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