There Must Be a Pony
Based onThere Must Be a Pony
Written byJames Kirkwood Jr.
Screenplay byMart Crowley
Directed byJoseph Sargent
StarringElizabeth Taylor
Robert Wagner
James Coco
William Windom
Edward Winter
Ken Olin
Dick O'Neill
Chad Lowe
ComposerBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerRobert Wagner
ProducerHoward Jeffrey
CinematographyGayne Rescher
EditorJack Harnish
Running time95 min.
Production companiesR.J. Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original release
ReleaseOctober 5, 1986 (1986-10-05)

There Must Be a Pony is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is based on the novel of the same name by James Kirkwood Jr.


Marguerite Sydney is a celebrated Hollywood star attempting a comeback after a stay in a mental hospital, as well as trying to re-establish a relationship with her teenage son, and risking a romance with a mysterious new suitor.[1]



"Miss Taylor and Mr. Lowe are worth the effort of watching but, in the end, the movie illustrates one of Marguerite's pearls of wisdom: 'Talk about grinding it out. TV brings new meaning to the words chopped liver," said The New York Times.[2] People advised, "Think of this as a one-woman show, Elizabeth Taylor’s show, and you’ll be in for some moments to remember... If you own a VCR, tape this show, then speed through it, stopping only to savor Liz’s scenes. Then erase the tape."[3]


The film was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie in 1987.[4]


  1. ^ "LIZ, LINDA EVANS SQUARE OFF IN FILMS". Los Angeles Times. 4 October 1986.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (October 3, 1986). "'There Must Be a Pony' with Elizabeth Taylor". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Jarvis, Jeff (October 6, 1986). "Picks and Pans Review: There Must Be a Pony". People. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Retrieved April 29, 2017.