The Horse Whisperer (1998)

Horse Whisperer

This week on Alcohollywood, guest Theo helps us get in touch with our feminine, middle-aged side with Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer! When little Scarlett Johansson gets injured riding her horse, which itself becomes traumatized and aggressive, career-woman working mom Annie (Kristen Scott Thomas) takes both of them to ‘horse whisperer’ Tom Booker (Redford), who offers his homespun wisdom and chaste masculinity to this erstwhile city family. The movie’s gorgeous, but it’s also three hours long, and the romance-novel cliches abound; still, we actually had some surprising reactions to a movie we went into with some pretty low expectations. Take a listen, and enjoy our custom cocktail and drinking rules!


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Stable Environment

Horse Whisperer cocktailFor this drink, we created a Frankenstein’s Monster of two existing cocktails – the Montana and the Colorado Bulldog – combining elements of them together to create a simple, wholesome, fulfilling drink to match this gentle, creamy drink.

2 parts brandy
1 part blackcurrant liqueur
3 parts milk
2 parts Coca-Cola

Combine and stir; serve in rocks glass with ice.




  1. Montages
  2. Every time two characters have a heartfelt, one-on-one conversation
  3. Any time someone gets on and off a horse


Tom says to Grace (Scarlett Johansson), “I want you to stroke him… I want you to rub him and feel him all over.”

Next week, we’ll actually  get Nathan Rabin on this time for the Weird Al comedy UHF!

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