8 Seconds
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn G. Avildsen
Written byMonte Merrick
Produced byClyde LeVin
Danny DeVito
Tony Mark
Jeffery Swab
CinematographyVictor Hammer
Edited byJ. Douglas Seelig
Music byBill Conti
Jersey Films
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million
Box office$19,623,396[1]

8 Seconds is a 1994 American contemporary Western biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen.[2] Its title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored. It stars Luke Perry as American rodeo legend Lane Frost and focuses on his life and career as a bull riding champion. It also features Stephen Baldwin as Tuff Hedeman, and Red Mitchell as Cody Lambert.

The film was completed and premiered shortly after what would have been Frost's 30th birthday, in late 1993.


While growing up in Oklahoma, young Lane Frost (Cameron Finley) learns the tricks of the bull riding trade at the hand of his father, Clyde (James Rebhorn), an accomplished rodeo bronco rider himself. As he enters his teenage and early adult years, Lane (Luke Perry) travels the western rodeo circuit with his best friends Tuff Hedeman (Stephen Baldwin) and Cody Lambert (Red Mitchell). He meets and falls in love with a young barrel racer, Kellie Kyle (Cynthia Geary), and they eventually marry in 1984.

As Lane's legend and fame increase, so does the amount of pressure he puts on himself, to be what everyone wants him to be, and he wants to show that he is as good as they say he is. His ascent to the world championship is marred by a cheating incident, questions about Kellie's devotion, and a near broken neck. The film also follows him through the true life series between himself and Red Rock, a bull that no cowboy had ever been able to stay on for 8 seconds. It cuts the series down to three rides. In 1989, he is the second-to-last rider at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. While riding on the bull known as "Takin' Care Of Business", he dismounts after his 8-second ride but the bull turns back and hits him in the side with his horn, breaking some ribs and severing a main artery. As a result of excessive internal bleeding, he dies on the arena floor before he can be transported to the hospital.

The final scene shows Hedeman later that same year at the National Finals Rodeo riding for the world championship. After the 8 second bell sounds, he continues to ride and stays on an additional 8 seconds as a tribute to his fallen best friend.



Filming took place in mainly in Boerne, Texas, Del Rio, Texas, Tucson Rodeo Grounds, San Antonio and Pendleton, Oregon and a handful of other minor locations.[3][citation needed]


8 Seconds was released in the United States on February 25, 1994. In the Philippines, the film was released on September 8, 1994, with free "Luke Perry handkerchiefs" handed out to moviegoers who present the film's newspaper ad at the lobby of any theater; the film was promoted as being the first American film to be given by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board's (MTRCB) an "Excellent" rating.[4]

Critical response

The film gained a mixed reception.[5] The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel praised Perry's acting but criticized the performance of Cynthia Geary, who played Kellie Frost.[6] It holds a 31% rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews.[7]


Main article: 8 Seconds (soundtrack)


  1. ^ 8 Seconds at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "8 Seconds". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Filmed in Oregon 1908-2015" (PDF). Oregon Film Council. Oregon State Library. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Opens Today!". Manila Standard. Kamahalan Publishing Corp. September 8, 1994. p. 18. Retrieved July 19, 2021. Free: Luke Perry handkerchiefs to wipe away your tears. Clip this ad and present it at the lobby
  5. ^ "Review/Film; Finally Riding a Rodeo Bull Off Into the Sunset". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Milwaukee Journal - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  7. ^ 8 Seconds at Rotten Tomatoes