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|Directed by||John G. Avildsen|
|Written by||Monte Merrick|
|Starring||Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin|
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release date(s)||February 25, 1994|
|Running time||105 min.|
8 Seconds (originally titled 8 Seconds to Glory) is a 1994 biopic about American rodeo legend and world bull riding champion Lane Frost. The film details his life from his youth learning how to ride bulls, until his death in 1989. 8 Seconds was directed by John G. Avildsen and stars Luke Perry as Lane Frost, Stephen Baldwin as real life rodeo legend Tuff Hedeman, and Red Mitchell as cowboy poet Cody Lambert. The title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored.
Young Lane learns the tricks of the bull riding trade at the hand of his father, Clyde Frost, an accomplished rodeo bronc rider himself. As Lane enters his teenage and early adult years he travels the western rodeo circuit with his best friends Tuff Hedeman and Cody Lambert. Lane meets and falls in love with a young barrel racer, Kellie Kyle, and eventually they marry in 1984.
As Lane's legend and fame increase, so does the amount of pressure he puts on him self, to be what everyones wants him be, and he wants to show that he is a good as they say he is. Lane's ascent to the world championship is marred by a cheating incident, questions about his wife's devotion and a near broken neck. The film also follows Lane through the true life series between himself and Red Rock, a bull that no cowboy had ever been able to stay on for 8 seconds. The film cuts the series down to three rides, when in reality it was seven (Lane was able to get the best of Red Rock, going 4-3 in the series).
The film comes to a culmination at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Lane is the second to last rider that day, riding on the bull known as "Takin' Care Of Business". As Lane dismounts after his 8 second ride the bull turns back and hits him in the side with his horn, breaking some ribs and severing a main artery. As a result of excessive internal bleeding, he dies on the arena floor before he can be transported to the hospital.
The final scene of the film shows Tuff Hedeman later that same year at the National Finals Rodeo riding for the world championship. After the 8 second bell sounded, Hedeman continues to ride and stays on an additional 8 seconds as a tribute to his fallen best friend.
- Luke Perry as Lane Frost
- Stephen Baldwin as Tuff Hedeman
- Red Mitchell as Cody Lambert
- Cynthia Geary as Kellie Frost
- James Rebhorn as Clyde Frost
- Carrie Snodgress as Elsie Frost