Seconds" premiered in the 3rd week of February, 1994.
Click below for some
headlines from the premiere and quotes from the family.
the movie "8 Seconds" was about Lane, it was not a documentary.
It was part fact, but it also was part fiction.
Below I have noted some of the differences between Lane's life and the movie.
some of the things that the movie kept the same.
Actually, this whole page could
be summed up in two sentences.
"It's very hard to take a person like Lane
and make it into a movie,
because to tell you the truth, nobody would believe if we told you the whole story.
So let me just say that he was one of the greatest bull riders I ever met,
he was one of the most likable guys I ever
Quoted by The Frost Family friend, George Michael.
Which seems a little silly to me,
the producers wanted to do the movie
about Lane after seeing the tributes to him George made
after his death.
Then he changed who Lane
was and what his life was really like!
There are two major differences between Lane's life and the
1) Lane was a Christian. In
the movie, this was not mentioned, to the dismay
of his parents and Kellie. The producers did not want God
brought into the movie.
However, note "Kellie" in the Cheyenne scene, she is wearing a cross on a
2) Clyde Frost, Lane's Dad, is
not like the father in the movie.
According to one of Lane's
friends, "if there was anyone proud of Lane, it was Clyde.
Lane didn't have to
prove himself to Clyde, he had his approval from the start."
There isn't too much written about Clyde.
This is unfortunate, because most people thus perceive
him to be like the father
in the movie "8 Seconds", who always told Lane
could have done better if he just tried harder.
About this misconception, Elsie Frost, Lane's mom, said,
"In the movie, it's like Lane kept driving himself to do good to prove
himself to his dad.
That was not the case at all. We wouldn't have cared if he had never ridden that bull.
But in the end, it turns out good because it makes you know that you should
tell everyone you love them because you might not ever have another chance.
I feel like that over-rides the 'bad image' of Clyde."
misrepresentation of Clyde Frost bothers Luke Perry to this day.
Here is a portion of an interview with Luke in 2002.
Question: I agree that acting is a very powerful way to
get things across and connect with people-you do a great job. Is there a
specific situation you would
like to address thru acting?
Acting can also mess a lot of things up. As can movies. There's a
story element of a film I did called ""8 Seconds"" that haunts me to
The portrayal of my character's father in that film,
and it was a true life story, it portrayed him
as being much harsher in his relationship with his son than ever he
truly was. And somehow through all of the small day-to-day battles that
one has on a movie set with the creative powers that be on some level,
that got by me.
And I feel that in that film we misrepresented to the world the depth of
the emotion and the love and compassion of a man named Clyde Frost.
And all the things that go with being an actor, the accolades, which
there are way too many of, all of those things come with a big
And when you drop the ball, as I feel we dropped the ball there,
it doesn't go away. In closing, all creative endeavors have a measure of
risk. And I don't mind that. That's all part of it. Because the risks I
take are make-believe, and on paper and there are people out here in the
world everyday taking big risks for little payback. And they do it day
in and day out. People talk about actors, about me, and other people.
They say hero, role model ... all that stuff. I really hope that if
nothing better comes from the events of the past year that people have
had a chance to really look around and see who the real heroes are. I
just play one on TV."
To talk with Clyde Frost, and
hear his stories of Lane's childhood,
and the ranching plans Lane and he had,
is to know that here is a man that loved his son, and still feels the
loss of his son,
and the unfulfilled dreams and plans they shared.
He will tell you that Lane
Raking leaves in the dark, building his pens and arena, and helping with the haying.
He will tell you of Lane's plans for the future.
The land Lane and Kellie were hoping to buy in Marietta, OK.,
have been between Lane, OK. and Quanah, TX.,
to make visiting both of their parents
easier, and to still help Clyde with the bulls and cows.
Did Lane and Kelly cheat on each other?
I get this question at least once every
couple of days.
Remember what I said about the producers
changing who Lane was!
Lane and Kellie separated for a brief time in 1988. It was not because of
Lane's traveling had taken a toll on their marriage.
For a time, it looked like they were going to divorce.
But their love was stronger, and they reunited.
Kellie was there to see Lane
win the "Challenge of the Champions" over Red Rock in July, 1988.
Their last year together was their happiest, Lane's Mom believes.
plans to buy land and build a ranch at the time of Lane's death in Cheyenne.
There also is no person
named "Martin Hudson".
Other differences in the movie were:
3) Lane and Tuff were friends, that respected each
other's riding abilities.
4) Cody Lambert does not write poetry.
Click...Here...to read the poem from
5) Lane lived in Utah until 1978,
to Oklahoma when he was 14.
6) Lane and Kellie were married at the United
Methodist Church in Quanah, TX,
on January 5, 1985, not at her parents ranch in 1984.
The reception was held at the
Tuff and Lane did not do the dance in the movie.
7) While living in Quanah, Lane
and Kellie lived in a nice, large mobile home,
that even included a fireplace Nothing like the trailer in the
8) Lane rode 9 out of 10 bulls at the 1986 National
Finals Rodeo, not in 1987,
the year he won the Championship.
9) Lane did not win the 1987 Championship until he
rode his bull in the 10th, and final round.
(The 10th bull was not Red Rock.)
10) In the movie the "Challenge of the
Champions" between Lane and Red Rock
takes place in Texas, and there were only three match ups. The Challenge was actually
seven match ups and took place in California, Oregon, and Utah.
Lane rode Red Rock 4 out of the 7 times.
11) He was not hurt by Red Rock. As a matter-of-fact
Red Rock was well-liked by the bull riders
because he went out of the way to make sure he didn't step on a fallen rider,
one time falling over sideways to avoid stepping on one. Red Rock was not
12) Tuff did not own, or rent
at the time of Lane's death. Cody was not traveling with them
any longer either, choosing to ride broncos along with bulls and travel with
Jim Sharp and Clint Branger traveled with Lane and Tuff.
13) When Lane was killed in Cheyenne, there were no family
14) It was a rainy day, and the arena was muddy, not dusty like in the movie.
15) The bull did not stop and paw the ground and think
16) It also was raining the day of Lane's funeral.
17) The movie made it appear that Tuff Hedeman did
not win a World Championship
until after Lane's death in 1989. Actually, Tuff won his first championship in 1986, one year before
Lane won his. Had Lane rode Red Rock at the NFR in 1986
he would have won the
18) In one of the last scenes in the movie, when
Tuff visits Kellie in the barn
and asks her to come to the Finals, it gives the time as "6 Months Later".
Lane died on July 30, six months from that would be
January 30, while the Finals are held the first week in December.
does have an older sister, Robin, and a younger brother, Cody.
For things in the movie that were the same, see below.
Lane's parents are happy the movie did show
1) Lane's positive attitude, including his habit of
especially children and older people.
2) that Lane was always willing to
his share, or more than his share of work.
3) that you can make mistakes
can rise above them and get your life on track.
4) you should tell everyone you love them
you might not ever have another chance.
Other "Yes, it did really happen"
1) Lane did beat Tuff in the National High School
Rodeo Association for Bull Riding Champion.
2) Kellie was there when Lane won the
of the Champions" over Red Rock.
3) Lane did tell Tuff in early 1989 that he felt
"it would be Tuff's year" to win the championship.
4) Tuff did ride an extra 8 seconds for Lane
the 1989 National Rodeo Finals.
5) Kellie did go to the 1989 Finals to accept the
"Coors Favorite Cowboy Award" for Lane.
Lane's parents also attended.
6) Lane and Kellie were looking at land for a ranch,
and bull riding school.
Their loan was approved the day of Lane's funeral.
7) Lane did
wear a feather. His mom thinks he started wearing one because
Monty Henson wore one and Lane thought it looked cool and would become his
8) Lane did
have a van. But it was given to him to use for a year (1988) by a friend
Kellie's family that had a car dealership.
9) Lane did
wave to the crowd after a ride. But it was "slightly" exaggerated
for the movie.