May 6

Rodeo Movie “8 Seconds” and the Memorable Scenes Reminding Us to “Cowboy Up”

The movie industry is one big and bright stage. But for a movie to have a significant impact that would last for years, it should go beyond the famous big names to go along with the cast. This requires a much more elaborate plot and well developments of characters. That’s what made the 1994 motion picture “8 Seconds” a fan favorite for years.

“8 Seconds” for Lane Frost

The movie portrayed the life and career of late champion bull rider Lane Frost. He died in 1984 when a bull named “Takin’ Care of Business” struck him after his ride at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Prior to his collapse, Frost was able to get up to wave for help but it was too late. His ribs were broken and his heart and lungs were punctured. He soon past away in the hospital.

Lane Frost’s story of being the brave man with a big heart was a perfect story to re-tell. It was also through the help of Luke Perry who starred as Lane Frost that this incredible story of bull riders was perfectly portrayed. Stephen Baldwin and Cynthia Grey also starred in the movie as Frost’s best friend (Tuff Hedeman) and (wife Kellie Kyle).

Great acting by the main characters was a given, but the movie became a fan favorite because of the genuine story-telling of a true to life legend and the risky job of bull riders. Beyond the emphasis and glorification given to the rodeo lifestyle, “8 Seconds” had several other scenes which got imprinted in our memories.

Aside from its story about a true to life legend, here are some of the significant scenes that made the movie “8 Seconds” worth remembering.

The Line Dance

More than the cultural significance, the line dance could also be said as one of the best scenes in the movie.

It happened during Frost and Kay’s wedding featuring Vince Gill singing “When will I Be Loved.” This developed into Frost and his best friend Hedeman starting a line dance.

This fun and musical moment was so iconic that it was replicated by grooms and their groomsmen with special participation from the wedding guests in the years that followed.

Cowboy is His Name

This scene featured Frost and Hedeman flying their way to a rodeo event. They intently listened while their friend Cody Lambert recite an inspiring poem. The poem ended with the fitting line, “His legacy is rodeo and Cowboy is his name.”

A Bull Ride for His Friend

This was the movie’s final and most touching scene. It featured Tuff Hedeman riding “Takin’ Care of Business,” the bull that killed his friend, at the National Finals Rodeo.

Hedeman rode his 8 seconds and held on for another 8 in honor of his late friend. After completing his ride, he dismounted and waved to the crowd the way Frost did, and to a teary-eyed Kay .

Country Soundtrack

Some great country tracks would always be a perfect fit for a good rodeo film. Country music legends Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn and John Anderson all contributed to the film’s soundtrack.

Four of the songs used in the movie made it to the Hot Country songs Charts. These were “No More Cryin” by McBride & the Ride (#26), David Lee Murphy’s “Just Once” (#36), “If I Had Only Known” (#72) by Reba McEntire, and Brooks and Dunn’s “Ride ‘em high, Ride ‘em low” (#73).

Cowboy Up”

A popular phrase used by kids back in the ’90s which was also a byproduct of the “8 Seconds” movie. Every small town kid has either been at the receiving end or has told someone this same line.


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