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Virginia's Run

This Canadian independent feature by Peter Markle is pure Hollywood hokum, a National Velvet retread about a girl (Lindze Letherman) whose mother has died in a riding accident but who's emotionally attached to the mother's horse and its foal. The screenplay, by Markle and Valarie Trapp, sticks to the formula: the difficult horse only our heroine can control, the widowed father who forbids her from riding it (Gabriel Byrne), the secret training sessions, the spoiled rich kid (Kevin Zeger) who'll do anything to win the big race. The actors compensate for the story's predictability by underplaying every line, a strategy that succeeds only in making Zeger's trophy-hungry villain the most interesting character. With Joanne Whalley. 101 min.

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