Billy Grahams The Ride DVDWatch Trailer
- Languages: English
- Run Time: 90 minutes
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Billy Graham’s The Ride
Legendary rodeo star Smokey Banks used to be on top, but now he’s hit rock bottom. Forced to get his act back together, Smokey finds himself stuck on a ranch teaching a little kid named Danny how to ride a bull. Angry at the turn of events, Smokey is determined to simply survive the time on the ranch. He has no idea, however, how dramatically that ranch will change his life. From World Wide Pictures and Billy Graham comes a story about second chances—The Ride. Starring Michael Biehn, Brock Pierce, Jennifer O’Neill, Clarence Felder, and Jennifer Blanc.
Smokey Banks (played by Michael Biehn) was a world champion bull rider. Life was pretty sweet. Some days he bounced around on the back of a bull. Hanging on for that few second joy ride. The rest of the time he was consumed with drinking and gambling. The going was pretty easy, and Smokey was one hundred and ten percent satisfied with his life—even if it was not squeaky clean. Life was about to toss Smokey from the film The Ride around on something other than a bull, however.
After a run in with the law, Smokey Banks finds himself facing two equally unattractive choices. Either spend some time in a jail cell, or three months on Saguaro Boy’s Ranch doing some service time. Time without smokin’, without drinkin’, and without gamblin’. In other words, as Smokey sees it in the film The Ride, three months in hell. Reluctantly, Smokey decides to take the second option. The terms? Stay out of trouble, and teach some kids how to ride a bull.
He may have agreed to the terms, but Smokey in the film The Ride has no intention of carrying them out with enthusiasm. He is sullen, uncooperative, and pretty down right awful to be around. To make matters worse, he has to take orders from a bunch of kids, an old man, and a sourpatch lady. That is when Danny O’Neil (played by Brock Pierce) steps in. Danny is only fourteen, but he has big dreams. He wants to be a pro bull rider. A good one, just like Smokey.
Danny has his hopes set high that Smokey will teach him the tricks of the trade, but Smokey wants nothing to do with the young boy. So Danny steps up with a simple prayer, “God, help Smokey teach me to ride a bull.” And God steps in to move mountains. . . or at least Smokey. Smokey, however, has no idea that the ranch, and a young kid named Danny, are about to change his life for eternity in the film The Ride.
One of the wonderful messages in the film The Ride is that of unconditional love. All his life, Smokey has dealt with people who have conditions—things you have to do before they will do something for you. When he arrives on Saguaro Ranch, however, Smokey begins to realize what unconditional love looks like. It first comes in the form of Danny, who, despite Smokey’s bitter, nasty attitude towards him does not give up on the pro bull rider. He loves him unconditionally. Slowly, Smokey begins to understand that Danny loves him unconditionally, because Danny knows what unconditional love is. He has seen God love him unconditionally, so he can love others the same way in return. The Ride is a wonderful film that highlights the wonderful message of unconditional, sacrificial love. . . the same kind of love God has for us.
Ridin’ The Ride
The other powerful message in the film The Ride is that we must all ride the ride, or run the race with perseverance. As Danny puts it during a critical moment in the film “It’s not about how long I’m on, it’s about how well I ride.” Paul says a similar thing in Hebrews 12 when he tells the church, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV). The film The Ride is a powerful, tangible reminder that it does not matter how long we run, but how well we run. It encourages believers off all ages to run a good race, or ride a good ride. The film, however, is also a wonderful reminder that how well we run (or ride) is not what defines or saves us. God’s grace through the gospel and Jesus Christ is what enables us to run the race with perseverance, and that is what will save us. The time on the bull does not matter, the skill on the bull does not matter. What matters is that the rider tried with every ounce of his being to ride a good ride.
Filled with suspense, action, second chances, forgiveness, unconditional love, cowboys in full action and a dash of love, the film The Ride is a powerful drama that will remind you to persevere, to believe in second chances, and that God’s goodness and unconditional love never run out. With a special appearance from evangelist and founder of Samaritan’s Purse Franklin Graham, the film The Ride is sure to encourage, inspire and challenge viewers of all ages. Buckle up for a while ride with Smokey as he discovers that it’s not about what you have done and have not done, it is about how well you tried to ride.
Billy Graham’s The Ride has been rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for some violence, mild language and thematic material. This film received the “Family Approved” award for ages twelve and up from the Dove Foundation and was reviewed by Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In”. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children, but the film Billy Graham’s The Ride is generally considered appropriate for most older audiences.