Moondance Alexander

1 h 33 min2007G
Life is a rough ride for awkward, friendless, 12-year-old Moondance (Panabaker). But when a Pinto pony named Checkers leaps into her life, Moondance pursues a dream she never knew she had. Convinced that Checkers has champion potential, she enters him in the Bow Valley Classic, and in the process learns that only perseverance lands you in the winner's circle.
Michael Damian
Kay PanabakerDon JohnsonLori Loughlin
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James BestLandon LiboironJulia MaxwellGreg Lawson
Laurette BourassaJaneen DamianMichael DamianDoug Steeden
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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4.6 out of 5 stars

439 global ratings

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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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That was me in school but she had a cooler name. And I was working from age 8. The dairy farm had no horses just cows and nasty chickens...oh, and no electricity or water, so had to use an outhouse.
So, grew to love the city but never gave up my fascination with some day owning horse. Never happened, but it never bittered me on horses.
Pintos are my favorite and I had to watch this film on Prime. I thought it was so great. I needed relaxing due to power outage earlier, and knew this would be the one. It was.
I'm jealous of Moondance for having a better name and a chance to work with horses.
Don Johnson (a long time fav since A Boy and His Dog) played a saddened horse trainer. He was not grouchy in the usual sense as he was smiling within 5 minutes.
I run into people all the time who won't adopt a rescue. This woman who thinks thoroughbreds are the ONLY horses, reminds me of them, esp during Adopt a Cat month.
This is a great family movie for popcorn and a cozy spot on the couch. Mean girls, their boyfriends, loss of father and how an animal can give you faith in yourself.
Interesting ending...
Minus one star: Lori used to be one of my favorite actresses and she blew it. If she had downplayed it and kept her face out of the press so much, it would have helped. I loved her mystery series on Hallmark but they dumped her. And that is what I see in my mind when she is onscreen. So very sad...
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a bad movie for a rainy afternoon
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“Moondance Alexander” was a fun little flight of fancy – of course you can win a jumping championship after only a couple of months of practice. It had good production values, and good camera work. The acting was not great, but it was good – Don Johnson usually carries his weight, and our little heroine, Miss Panabaker, did a good job. And it also had a decent, if formulaic and predictable storyline. And Hollywood did not let us down by forgetting some of its predictable political correctness. I am trying to remember back to when Hollywood first started building stories around super wise children and the fumbling adults who are so in need of the child’s wisdom and guidance. I can’t remember when it started, but it has been around for a long time.
Tami DotterReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good
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A good "feel-good" movie. I liked seeing some of the mistakes that the girl made when she first tried to ride the horse, though she's lucky she didn't get herself killed. I have no doubt that there are plenty of Pintos and other breeds that can jump as well as the Thoroughbreds can. I'm not entirely certain that winning that contest was the greatest self-esteem booster because you're setting yourself up for a huge disappointment when you do lose, but she did prove her point. The writers did go overboard with the antagonist. I went through some stuff similar at that age, but I don't ever remember the other girl(s) being that bad. It would have been more believable if they'd toned down the comments, or left them out all together and just had the antagonist ignore the MC. Still, a decent movie for family entertainment.
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GraceReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding family movie !
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What is not to like about this movie ? Great cast, beautiful scenery, lots of horse scenes. Young girl finds hope and self-confidence after losing her father and being treated unkindly by school peers. Character played by Don Johnson moves past a prior tragedy while a horse trainer. Perfect for family movie viewing. One I hope to watch again.
jim vReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
decient flick
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This movie presses all the predictable buttons. It's exactly what you expect from this type of flick. That said, I like it. Panabaker is every bit as cute as can be, Johnson is just as gruff as you'd expect his character to be, the 'elite' girls are just as horrible as you'd expect and so on. That said, I can't help but like this movie. It doesn't break any new ground, but it's still enjoyable.
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HHReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good moral
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Cute story about younger kids perseverance and believing in a dream! It's good for kids similar age to watch and learn life is hard but if you willing to try out news things and have a dream and willing to preserver you going places! Kids now a days give up too easily! Not bad, quality could improve
Jill D. HoffmannReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
wholesome, recommend for younger audience
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Liked the story, it was cute. Liked the actors, and the horse was wonderful. Wholesome light entertaining movie for horse crazy preadolescent girls, (and for older, horse crazy women such as myself too).
Donald JamesReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Real 5 Star Film! A Must See!
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I got to see this film at a festival a few months ago and have since been waiting for its release to add it to my DVD collection. What a refreshing departure from all the predictable movies that are out there. This is not a cliché horse flick. This film is full of beautiful cinematography that takes you everywhere emotionally ... right until the closing credits. It's a story for people of all ages. It's based on a true story which added more to the film for me. It's what I consider the movie to watch when I want to escape the stresses of life and surrender to a story full of positive feelings! There's just not enough that could be said for this film, too bad stories this good are so rare! It's a must see, must own film.
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