I recently watched this movie. I have seen it several times and i think it embodies much of the cowboy spirit. Well, not just the cowboy spirit, but certain values that many people want to achieve in their own personal character, and life. Certainly, the pursuit of perfect character is fleeting, I still honestly believe there are individuals who have achieved this honor. It is possible even today and especially during the challenging times of the wild west. With any story, there is always some truth mixed with embellishment. Yet, what makes for a great story line and movie always does best when it relates to something we all strive for and that is timeless. I felt really connected to this movie in many ways. I grew up with horses. I have a special connection and communication with animals my entire life. I grew up in the country and I learned much of life's lessons from observing the behavior of our lesser creatures. I learned things from animals about agression, power struggles, jealousy, compassion, relationships, fear, enjoyment, hunger, and caring for their young. A horse is a creature with an amazing spirit. They are all about trust. They know who is good and bad. In the movie, Frank always showed compassion for his animal. Also, there were lessons about humans. One lesson I noticed was to remain positive even in the face of insults. Your goodness will always prevail. Strength of character, and having determination even in the face of much adversity. I was especially moved by his connection with the American Indian and the spirit of him holding within him his strength in ancestry. Theres somethin wierd about that, but it really does exist and sometimes when we are in our worst situations, is when we find the strength of what makes us who we are, our heritage. I wish I could articulate things better, but there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Yet, I do want to finish by saying yes its possible for a man like this to exist back then, and even today. Maybe its you.