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  • Summary: Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde is a cinematic adventure that examines the vibrant life of a cowboy, conservationist and award-winning writer, who through extreme perseverance is preserving part of America. From cattle drives, rodeos and conservation battles, to wild horse rescues, personal heartbreak and new-found love, this is the self-told tale of a colorful cowboy, paralleling both the old West and America's growing awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources. Collapse
  • Director: Suzanne Mitchell
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Western, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 93 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 1, 2013
    90
    Through photos and family lore, but mostly through Dayton's own eloquence, Mitchell assembles a biographical portrait that's inspiring in the best possible way.
  2. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    The burning question is why Mr. Hyde’s story has never been made into a feature film. You’ve got big sky, a crazy but magnetically confident old coot, a noble but seemingly hopeless quest and a triumphant ending.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Oct 5, 2013
    70
    An appealing documentary about one of the American West’s unique cowboy conservationists.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    Beautiful lensing by Mauro Brattoli and an evocative score Steve Poltz enrich the pic’s flavor as a document of, and a tribute to, an iconic cowboy’s indomitable spirit.
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    Mitchell’s documentary is modest and rambling, too — perhaps too much so.