'The Real Lane': Documentary Chronicles Life Of Lane Frost

Oklahoma's Own Lane Frost was a world champion bull rider from Atoka who died when a bull hooked him in the back after a ride in 1989. Now, a new documentary is taking a closer look at his life.

Monday, February 26th 2024, 10:14 pm



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He's been called the greatest cowboy of all time. It's been 30 years since his story hit the big screen with the movie 8 Seconds.

Oklahoma's Own Lane Frost was a world champion bull rider from Atoka who died when a bull hooked him in the back after a ride in 1989.

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Now, a new documentary is taking a closer look at his life.

Reba's Place in Atoka was the perfect place for Oklahoma's debut, the Lane Frost Documentary.

“It's so funny because Lane told me one time after we'd lived here in Oklahoma for quite a while, 'Wouldn't it be neat if they'd make a movie about me and Reba?' He said, 'I don't mean us together, but what she's done and what I've done.' And here, after all this time, all these things, I'm quite sure he's giggling about it up there,” said Lane’s mother, Elsie Frost.         

All eyes were locked on the screen during a private viewing of the 2-hour documentary that Elsie says gives a much more personal look into Lane's life than the Hollywood version.

“The real Lane. This is the real thing, and the people that knew him really well talk, so I think they'll come away knowing Lane much better,” she said.

The documentary, she says, clears up two things the movie got wrong.

“For one thing, the movie ‘8 Seconds’ portrayed Clyde a lot different than what he really is,” said Elsie. “It portrayed him as a dad that was never satisfied with Lane, and that was not true at all. And it didn't want to tell that Lane was a Christian, and I was very upset about that, but this tells that.”

Two production companies, Tough Draw and Out of Order Studios, spent years collecting stories from those who were closest to Lane, including his widow, Kellie Macy.

“I was so impressed,” Kellie said. “The guys did such a great job. They nailed every area.”

She was open about the rock-bottom moments of their relationship -- from infidelity to a miscarriage -- and how Lane finding God's salvation helped save their marriage.

“It's easy for Hollywood to brush over a tough time and just be quick with it,” said Brad Hughes, co-director of the documentary. “So for us, our focus was an opportunity to expand on the stories and really get the truth of how those things happened and go even deeper.”

Kellie says even though Lane was just 25 when he died, he lived a full life with the time he had.

“It's almost like he knew his time was coming because he was always in a hurry to do stuff, always hurrying to get this and this and this done,” she said. “Almost like he knew that his time was short here in life, on Earth. It was just a blessing to be a part of it.”

Now, nearly 35 years after Lane's final ride, the legend of that cowboy from Oklahoma -- one of the greatest of all time -- carries on to a new generation.

The production company is still working out details on where the documentary will land, on a streaming service or theater, and when.

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