8 Seconds

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8 Seconds
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn G. Avildsen
Written byMonte Merrick
Produced by
CinematographyVictor Hammer
Edited byJ. Douglas Seelig
Music byBill Conti
Jersey Films
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$19,623,396[1]

8 Seconds is a 1994 American contemporary Western biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen.[2] Its title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored. The film 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.

The film was completed and premiered shortly after what would have been Frost's 30th birthday, in late 1993.


While growing up in Oklahoma, Lane Frost learns the tricks of the bull riding trade at the hand of his father Clyde, an accomplished bronc rider himself. As he grows older, Lane travels the professional rodeo circuit with his best friends Tuff Hedeman and Cody Lambert. He meets and falls in love with a 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 1987 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bull riding 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 eight seconds. It cuts the series down to three rides. In 1989, Lane is the second-to-last bull rider during the last day of that year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. He successfully rides the bull named Takin' Care of Business for eight seconds and dismounts, but the bull turns back and hits him in the side with a horn, breaking some ribs and severing a main artery. As a result of excessive internal bleeding, Lane 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 eight-second bell sounds, he continues to ride and stays on an additional eight seconds as a tribute to his fallen best friend, who will never be forgotten.



Filming took place in mainly in Boerne, Texas, Del Rio, Texas, Tucson Rodeo Grounds, San Antonio and Pendleton, Oregon and a handful of other minor locations.[3][citation needed]


8 Seconds was released in the United States on February 25, 1994. In the Philippines, the film was released on September 8, 1994, with free "Luke Perry handkerchiefs" handed out to moviegoers who present the film's newspaper ad at the lobby of any theater; the film was promoted as being the first American film to be given by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board's (MTRCB) an "Excellent" rating.[4]

Critical response[edit]

The film gained a mixed reception.[5] The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel praised Perry's acting but criticized the performance of Cynthia Geary, who played Kellie Frost.[6] It holds a 31% rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews.[7]



  1. ^ 8 Seconds at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "8 Seconds". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Filmed in Oregon 1908-2015" (PDF). Oregon Film Council. Oregon State Library. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Opens Today!". Manila Standard. Kamahalan Publishing Corp. September 8, 1994. p. 18. Retrieved July 19, 2021. Free: Luke Perry handkerchiefs to wipe away your tears. Clip this ad and present it at the lobby
  5. ^ "Review/Film; Finally Riding a Rodeo Bull Off Into the Sunset". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Milwaukee Journal - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  7. ^ 8 Seconds at Rotten Tomatoes

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