The Black Stallion

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


Beautiful adaptation of the popular children’s novel and the best horse movie out there. A young boy loses his father in a shipwreck and is saved from drowning by a wild, seemingly untameable Arabian horse. When the two of them are stranded on a desert island, the equine companion keeps the young man from loneliness and starvation, not to mention saving him from a few dangerous creatures as well. Once restored to life in America, the boy keeps the horse and ends up racing him under the tutelage of a retired trainer () who has been out of the arena for a long time. Those who think the half-baked Seabiscuit is a classic need to look back at this intricately detailed, magically told tale of friendship and perseverance. The performances are all terrific, and Carroll Ballard’s direction especially good.


Omni Zoetrope

USA, 1979

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1979

Golden Globe Awards 1979

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