There are 2 major differences between Lane's life and
the movie 8 Seconds. First of all, By all accounts, Cyde Frost, lane's
father, is no where near as stubborn and removed as he is portrayed by
the film. Second, it is unclear whether Lane and Kellie actually ever
cheated on each other. Martin Hudson, the man with who Kellie's character
had an affair in the movie does not exist in real life. Lane's
character has an affair while on the road with a fan" played by a
young Renee Zellweger (Jerry Maguire). The Frost's never did divorce and
according to the official Lane Frost
website, they did separate for a brief time in 1988 but it was because
of Lane's traveling and not because of infidelities.
|Although 8 Seconds has had a successful run on video and cable TV, the
box office numbers were low and original reviews were mixed. Read Roger
Ebert's 1994 review
from the Chicago Sun-Times; Marc Savlov's Austin Chronicle review;
or Scott Weinberg's review
on the Apollo Guide.
- Cody Lambert didn't write poetry as he did throughout the movie. However,
the "Cowboy is his Name" poen he recites toward the end is
a shorter version of a poem titled "Legacy of a Rodeo Man"
by Baxter Black
- Lane and Kellie were married at United Methodist Church in Quannah,
TX, (Jan. 5, 1985) not at her parents ranch or in 1984.
- Lane rode 9 of 10 bulls at the National Finals Rodeo in 1986, not
- In fact, Lane's failure to ride the 10th bull (Red Rock) in 1986 clinched
the title for Tuff Hedeman. The movie implies that Lane won a title
first and Tuff didn't get his until 1989.
- Lane didn't clinch the 1987 Championship until he rode the 10th and
- The "Challenge of Champions" between Lane and the bull Red
Rock was actually a series of 7 matches in California, Oregon and Utah
- not just 3 attempts in Texas as in the movie. (Lane rode the vaunted
bull 4 of the 7 times.)
- Tuff did not rent a plane before Lane's death.
- Cody Lambert was no longer traveling with Lane & Tuff in 1989.
- Kellie was not present when Lane was killed in Cheyenne.
- Lane has an older sister, Robin and younger brother Cody who were
not mentioned in the movie.
On the other hand, these things did in deed happen:
- Kellie and Lane's parents did attend the 1989 Finals to accept the
"Coors Favorite Cowboy award" for Lane
- Tudd did win the 1989 Championship and he did stay on the last bull
an extra 8 seconds in a tribute to Lane.
- Lane did wear a feather in his hat, and he did wave both hands after
a successfull ride.
- Kellie was also there when Lane finally rode Red Rock
- Lane and Kellie were looking to buy a new ranch (ironically their
loan was approved the day of Lane's funeral.
The Soundtrack to 8 Seconds is loaded with stars from the world of
country music including Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill,
and Billy Dean. In fact, Brooks & Dunn, Gill, Terry McBride and Karla
Bonoff have singing cameos in the film
The two major songs are Dean's Once
in a While and McEntire's If
I Had Only Known which are both played during the final credits.