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Watched the movie version of "Riders" this weekend . . .

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  • Watched the movie version of "Riders" this weekend . . .

    If you are in need of a SERIOUS laugh, get this movie/miniseries from Netflix. It is based on Jilly Cooper's book "Riders", which I haven't read. I just did a search on horse/equestrian themed movies and this one came up. Sounded OK so I rented it and we took it to Jumpstart this weekend and watched it in the hotel after XC.

    OMG, we laughed ourselves silly. It is just the most ridiculously overwrought horsey soap opera! And decidedly R-rated, I must add, but in a way that makes you giggle more than .

    Highly recommended after having a couple of drinks after a long day at a horse show. I didn't bother with the drinks, but laughed myself into fits all the same. Must go find the book and read that--anything half as ridiculous would be worth the read just for cheese value. At least the horsey stuff was semi-accurate and there were some fairly good jumping scenes. Which can be interpreted in several ways . . .
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  • #2
    The book is much MUCH better than the movie!!
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    • #3
      Pretty much sounds like the book!


      Worth a read, just for the 's
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      • #4
        yeah the book was a pretty trashy but funny read you just had to hate on some of the characters!
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        • #5
          I hated that book. I wanted to bitch slap that girl for being such a boob. Total trash. I can't believe I spent $15 on it too. I'll send you my copy if you want it. Just taking up space on my shelf.
          Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


          • #6
            I'm in the minority that thinks the movie is INFINITELY better than the book.

            BTW: Does anyone else think it looks like the blond guy who plays Rupert is actually doing a LOT of his own riding? Most of the rest of the riders, you can tell where a pro was cut in - him, I'm not so sure...
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            • Original Poster

              Wellll, he was shown doing some jumps, but based on the effort the horse was putting in I'd guess the jumps were 2'6", max. A lot of clever editing there but yeah, I think he actually did SOME of the riding.

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              • #8
                Oh I didn't know there was a movie! Okay I'm finding and watching that asap!


                • #9
                  It was originally aired in the UK in 1993 as a made for tv movie although not BBC - I believe ITN. Never officially aired in the US that I'm aware of. I gave a few copies away to horsey friends some time ago when the DVDs were rather easy to be found on ebay. Silly to be sure and very much soap opera fair.

                  As I seem to recall - its been a few years - in the end no one was likable and they all pretty much got what they deserved. Including the booze addicted junior rider Fenella Maxwell.

                  The guy who played the rich but evil playboy Rupert Campbell-Black is still around but does a global travel show today.


                  • #10
                    Part of it was on BBC America in a mini series format awhile back. I remember because they didn't show the final episode! Trashy fun. With horsies.
                    Delicious strawberry flavored death!


                    • #11
                      I barely remember the movie version. But I did think it was interesting that the Rupert character was much more one dimensionally evil than the book version. Would make it hard to do sequels, as Rupert softens in later books.

                      By far my favorite scene was the rapping scene. Both to avoid having to explain to viewers what rapping is, and to make Rupert more evil, the screen writers came up with the evil genius version of rapping. Rupert was killing dozens of hedgehogs and nailing them to jump rails.


                      • #12
                        From an interview she did, "Her next book is about a widow who buys a racehorse, and she can't wait to get started."

                        And I can't wait to read it. Love me a good ol' Jilly Cooper book. And since it's racing, you can bet that Rupert C-B will be all over it.


                        • #13
                          Lordy - is that movie and book still floating around?

                          They weren't just trashy - they were tawdry.

                          Very tawdry. And fabulous!
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                          Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
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                          • Original Poster

                            I have probably the one and only Netflix copy. I'll send it back soon, not sure I could watch the whole 3.5 hours again without being captive in a hotel room somewhere.
                            Click here before you buy.


                            • #15
                              Didn't William Funnell double for the riding? Possibly for Rupert. Pippa Funnell talks about it in her autobiography.

                              I've never been able to find a copy of this book, much to my sadness.
                              life + horses


                              • #16
                                I think there is only one paperback in the entire US. It's being passed around to every horseperson. Eventually it'll be your turn.

                                It's worth the wait.
                                Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                                Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                                -Rudyard Kipling


                                • #17

                                  Originally posted by J Swan View Post
                                  I think there is only one paperback in the entire US. It's being passed around to every horseperson. Eventually it'll be your turn.

                                  It's worth the wait.
                                  Hmmm have not read this one...wondering if it is worth the wait. Read a selection from Amazon. Amusing to say the least ; ) I cannot imagine how "cheesey" the movie would be but sounds like fun for rainy sunday afternoon.


                                  OMG!!!! $149.00 for a used DVD of the movie!!!


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                                  • #18
                                    I picked up a copy of this novel I believe at an Oxfam (secondhand shop) in Middlesborough.... I loved it! Though I was still in high school so it took me a while to finish cause I was afraid to bring it to school where I did most of my reading (during free periods, etc).... I had the copy where on the cover there is a close-up of thighs clad in tight britches with a hand on the butt.. and on the back cover was displayed prominently the quote "Sex and horses... what could be better?"


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Regal Grace View Post
                                      OMG!!!! $149.00 for a used DVD of the movie!!!
                                      Yikes! I know I paid at most $10 (each) with shipping for the copies I obtained on eBay. While it was a multi-part mini-series its all on one disc and just has these pauses between segments.

                                      Paying $149 is over the top for any series - including the box sets of full seasons of shows. Although I would love to get a complete DVD collection of the brilliant British series Hu$tle, that is before they replaced Adrian Lester as "Mickey Bricks". Hard to go wrong with Bill Murray's daughter, Jaime Murray

                                      Anyhow I digress ... I think if you hunt around a bit more you should find a copy of Riders on DVD for vastly less then $149 quid.


                                      • #20
                                        ...give "Riders" to your teenagers to read. It got my daughter reading and now she reads anything and everything .. even got a BA in English.
                                        If Deltawave recommends the movie it would be worth trying, I'm thinking. Then there's "Polo"....
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