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One of the greatest rodeo movies of all time, 8 Seconds, told the true story of professional bull rider Lane Frost. Released in 1994, shortly after what would have been Frost’s 30th birthday, the film followed his life from the time he was a child to his untimely death in 1989.
Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Luke Perry played Frost, while Stephen Baldwin played his best friend Tuff Hedeman and Cynthia Geary portrayed his wife, barrel racer Kellie Kyle, whom he met on the rodeo circuit in the early 1980s.
Frost passed away in 1989 after his 8-second ride on the bull known as “Takin’ Care Of Business.” After his dismount, the bull turned and hit him in the back with its horn and broke several of his ribs. He initially got up on his feet to wave at Hedeman for help before collapsing. His heart and lungs were punctured by the broken ribs and he passed away at the hospital.
8 Seconds has become a fan favorite for its authentic story-telling of the life of a true legend, Lane Frost. Perry’s acting had high praise from critics as well. Let’s take a look at the five best moments from the movie below.
The film also follows Frost’s real-life series against a bull named Red Rock. No cowboy had ever been able to stay on Red Rock for eight seconds, but in this scene, Frost becomes the first to do so – but not before flashing a smile and winking at his bride.
We wouldn’t DARE skip over this fun moment! During Frost and Kay’s wedding, Vince Gill performed the song “When Will I Be Loved” when Frost and Hedeman break out into a line dance-off! It’s such a fan-favorite moment that many people recreate it at their weddings!
While in a small plane on their way to a rodeo, Frost and Hedeman listen to their friend Cody Lambert recite an inspiring poem titled “Cowboy Is His Name.”
He ends the poem with, “It’s guts and love and glory, one mortal’s chance at fame. His legacy is rodeo, and Cowboy is his name.”
In the final scene of the movie, Hedeman rode “Taking Care Of Business” at the National Finals Rodeo. After riding his eight seconds, the bull rider held on for another eight to honor his late friend. Once he dismounted, he waved to the crowd – and his friend’s wife – the same way Frost used to, bringing tears to Kay’s eyes.
You can’t have a rodeo movie without some good country music! Legends like Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, and John Anderson contributed to the film’s soundtrack.
Four songs made the Hot Country Songs chart including “No More Cryin'” by McBride & the Ride (#26), David Lee Murphy’s “Just Once” (#36), “If I Had Only Know” by McEntire (#72) and Brooks and Dunn’s “Ride ’em high, Ride ’em Low at #73.
What is your favorite part of the movie 8 Seconds? Let us know in the comments.
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