(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 (Mickey Rooney) 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.
Directed by Carroll Ballard
Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel
Music by Carmine Coppola
Film Editing by Robert Dalva