Based on the popular children's book by Frank Sacks, this low-key picture tucks is warm and fuzzy without being excessively sentimental. Widowed Julie Hastings (Anne Archer), who's recently moved from Boston to Vermont, makes ends meet as a waitress. Julie's son, Billy (Kevin Zeggers), has a limp that serves as a constant reminder of the car accident that crippled him and killed his father; it also makes him the target of school bullies. One day Billy ducks into a traveling sideshow to get away from his classmates and spots an abused pony; he begs his mother to buy the poor beast and she reluctantly agrees. Worse, Julie's new boyfriend, Sheriff Tom Gentry (Michael Ontkean), points out that the pony is pregnant. When her foal, Nico, is born, Billy is convinced the little creature is a unicorn. Billy shares this belief with no-one except Carolyn (Elisha Cuthbert), a classmate, and worries about the animals night and day. Sure enough, Nico is soon orphaned when a bobcat kills his mother. Nico matures quickly into his unicorn powers and transforms his surroundings into a lush garden; though Billy has impressed on her the need to keep Nico's existence a secret, she eventually spills the beans at school. Billy's classmates, in turn, tip off a local reporter and sneak up on Nico with a camera. To protect Nico, Billy runs away with him to the forest, where they face harsh conditions and the killer bobcat. Even with his loyal mother misdirecting a search party, Billy may not be able to protect Nico from curiosity seekers. Director Graeme Campbell handles this fantasy's magical elements matter-of-factly and the solid cast helps further ground Sacks's adaptation of his own book.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: NR
- Review: Based on the popular children's book by Frank Sacks, this low-key picture tucks is warm and fuzzy without being excessively sentimental. Widowed Julie Hastings (Anne Archer), who's recently moved from Boston to Vermont, makes ends meet as a waitress. Julie… (more)