The Derby Stallion DVD Review

The Derby Stallion15-year-old Patrick McCardle (Zac Efron) doesn’t know what his goals are. His dad wants him to follow in his steps as a major league baseball player, but Patrick’s heart isn’t in it. He spends a lot of time with Houston Jones, a retired steeplechase rider, and he likes to be around horses. So when Houston asks him if he’d like a crack at riding in a race, Patrick jumps at the chance.

His parents are lukewarm about the idea. Houston has a reputation as an alcoholic, and they’re afraid Patrick might get hurt. Meanwhile, Randy Adams, the current champion, is a bit of a bully and keeps vandalizing Houston’s property, which causes conflict between the two boys.

Another source of conflict is a new girl in town, Jill, who immediately attracts the attention of both Patrick and Randy. Patrick learns to ride, but when a tragedy occurs, he has to make an important decision that could affect his future.  Zac Efron does a credible job as Patrick, a boy who wants to please his parents but has to be true to himself. His interactions with Bill Cobb as Houston are multi-layered, and when he runs into Randy (more often than he’d like), his conflict obviously runs deep.

Thought it was filmed in 2005, the film was released last month and it’s obvious that the filmmakers are directing their campaign at fans of High School Musical, if the Zac stickers and postcards within the DVD are any indication. However, this is a family tale that will be of interest to all ages, not just teenyboppers with a crush on Zac.

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  1. Anonymous • July 18, 2007 @ 4:27 PM

    This was a major disappointment after High School Musical.

  2. The Golden Martian • July 18, 2007 @ 11:41 PM

    I didn’t care for it. I prefer to be surprised by a movie, and in this case, unfortunately, the title pretty much gives the entire movie away.

  3. name name • July 19, 2007 @ 1:30 AM

    well what name would you prefer?
    The Running Horse? Any movie with Zac is totally worth seeing!

  4. nikki • July 20, 2007 @ 9:34 AM

    I like this movie very much! It was a lot of fun for my entire family to watch. Great job, Zac!


  5. sk8tergirl • July 20, 2007 @ 2:14 PM

    This looks like a good movie!!! I’m not saying that because Zac Efron is in it.

  6. Megan Danielle • October 5, 2007 @ 12:09 AM

    I loved the movie it was great…. but flicka was way better….. i loved flicka it was awsome…. this one was ok…

  7. ur-mom • October 16, 2007 @ 4:24 PM

    zac efrons teeeth ruins the whole damn movie

  8. erin-luvs-matt-4eva • November 11, 2007 @ 9:27 PM

    I LOVE ZAC EFRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HES SOOO FINE!!!!!! BUT I THINK THIS ROLE WOULD BE TAYLOR HANDLEY STYLE HES SOO INTO HORSES

  9. jazza • November 17, 2007 @ 3:35 AM

    i love zac i think he is so hot and i like the way he acts in all the movies he plays in.he deserves to be an actor and is verry gud at any part he plays………… rule zac so much

  10. i • December 12, 2007 @ 4:51 PM

    it was a touching movie that i would recomend 2 anyone who loves horses and zac efron;););)
    i loved the movie

  11. rosebud • February 7, 2008 @ 6:15 PM

    Zac Efron is soooo sexy and hot i really want 2 c this movie soo much love zacy wacy i love him so much

  12. cay - k • February 14, 2008 @ 6:42 AM

    Is that movie out in Australia ? Anyway I love horses and ive been looking every where for that movie. As long as it has horses and zac im fine

  13. kelli • February 21, 2008 @ 7:25 PM

    This movie was amazing!!!!! And since zac is also a horse lover it makes me like him sooo much more!!!! (he’s all mine!!!)

  14. kay • February 21, 2008 @ 7:32 PM

    it was kind of boring at some parts but the horse scenes were great!!………oh and zac was awesome tooo!!!!

  15. fufu • July 16, 2008 @ 6:17 PM

    i think zac is tottaly awsome .. & im not trying 2 be mean but dnt think that vanessa is the one 4 him i think he can find someone better.. they may be best friends bcuz of highschool musical but i honestly think they shouldnt be dating…. the right person i think is good 4 zac is adrien from the chettah girls .. shes hott and so is he theylll make a great couple

  16. Anika • July 27, 2008 @ 10:37 PM

    i love zac foreva

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