• Phar Lap (1984)

Phar Lap

Release Date: August 10th, 1984

PG |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Tom Burlinson, Martin Vaughan, Judy Morris, Ron Leibman, Celia De Burgh, Richard Morgan, Robert Grubb, Gia Carides

Director: Simon Wincer

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Rise, 1930s, Emotional, Underdog, Competition, Spirited, Wife, House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 25
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Phar Lap is another Australian horsy movie starring an American actor, Ron Leibman (Norma Rae), but this time the American's performance is the only redeeming feature in this otherwise tedious, slow-moving Down-Under tale about a fast-moving horse that should have been named Rocky. [20 Jul 1984]

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

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

  • 25
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Phar Lap wastes its brilliant potential through embarrassingly inept acting, a cloying soundtrack, stereotyped characters and pedestrian direction. [13 Jul 1984]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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