A movie based on the life of Lane Frost, a rodeo bull rider. My mom has apparently always been a closet rodeo fan. I didn't know that until recently.
The movie starts when Lane (Luke Perry) is in his early twenties, heading to a rodeo with Tuff Hedamen (Stephen Baldwin) and another friend. They immediately introduce the love interest, played by Carrie Snodgrass (Shelley from Northern Exposure. She's lost weight and turned into a babe.)
It's a fairly typical rise and fall through stardom story. They show Lane being friendly to kid fans early on and that impresses Shelley (can't remember her name in the movie.) They show a few simple incidents where Lane is trying to live up to what he thinks his father (an ex-bull riding star) expects even after he wins the championship. Meanwhile, Lane and Shelley have been growing apart because Lane is always on the circuit or doing promotional spots. They show Lane being seduced by groupies and then use the jealousy plant to show Shelley allowing herself to be seduced. They show a reconciliation in order to make Lane's death more tragic at the end.
They don't really go into anyone else' life during the film. We know the father was a bull rider and that Shelley does barrel racing at the beginning. She gave up college to marry Lane. They don't talk about Tuff at all even though he has nearly as much screen time as Lane. Just where his name came from. There's another friend that's always hanging around with Lane, but I don't remember his name.
On my brother's Total Movie Value Scale, Cable with Dinner. Overall, a simplistic rise and fall story idolizing Lane Frost and bull riding.
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