Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991 Movie)

“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is a heartwarming and inspiring Disney film released in 1991. Based on a true story, the movie follows the journey of Sonora Webster, played by Gabrielle Anwar, a young and determined girl in the 1930s who dreams of becoming a diving girl in a traveling circus.

After running away from her aunt’s home, Sonora finds herself at a traveling carnival where she meets Al Carver, portrayed by Cliff Robertson, who runs a diving horse act. Despite initial doubts, Al decides to give Sonora a chance and train her to become a diving girl, performing alongside his horse, Lightning.

Throughout the film, Sonora faces various challenges, both in her personal life and in the dangerous world of diving. She forms a strong bond with Lightning and overcomes her fear of heights, demonstrating her unwavering determination and resilience.

As Sonora’s diving skills improve, she becomes a sensation and gains popularity, capturing the hearts of audiences everywhere. However, tragedy strikes when an accident during one of her performances leaves Sonora blind.

Despite this setback, Sonora refuses to give up her dreams and continues to dive, demonstrating that her spirit and determination cannot be broken. With the support of her friends and loved ones, she faces her fears and proves that she can still perform daring stunts even without her sight.

“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is a touching and empowering film that celebrates the indomitable spirit of its protagonist and sends a powerful message about perseverance, courage, and the strength of the human spirit. It is a timeless tale of triumph over adversity that resonates with audiences of all ages and remains a beloved classic in the Disney film library.

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken 

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $7.3 million
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  • Gabrielle Anwar: Sonora Webster
  • Michael Schoeffling: Al Carver
  • Cliff Robertson: Doc Carver
  • Dylan Kussman: Clifford
  • Kathleen York: Marie
  • Frank Renzulli: Mr. Slater
  • Nancy Moore Atchison: Arnette Webster
  • Lisa Norman: Aunt Helen
  • Lorianne Collins: Clarabelle
  • Elizabeth Hayes: Miss Simpson
  • Laura Lee Norton: Mrs. Ellis
  • Michael J. Matusiak: Photographer
  • Jeff Woodward: Reporter #1
  • David Massry: Reporter #2
  • Cheri Brown: Attractive Girl
  • David Dwyer: Stagehand
  • Haley Aull: Little Girl
  • Ed Grady: Preacher
  • Katy Matson: Kid #1
  • Wendy Ball: Kid #2
  • Sam Aull: Kid #3
  • Carson Aull: Kid #4
  • Boyd Peterson: Farmer #1
  • Gene Walker: Farmer #2
  • Lowell D. Smith: Wrangler
  • Rick Warner: Doctor
  • Mark Jeffrey Miller: Candy Man


  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Producer: Matt Williams
  • Music: Mason Daring

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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.