Black Beauty
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Black Beauty

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Director: Caroline Thompson

Cast: Caroline Thompson, Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter

     
 

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The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging, handsome stallion living in Victorian England. The film is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of Black Beauty, who spends a happy childhood on a rambling country… See more details below

Overview

The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging, handsome stallion living in Victorian England. The film is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of Black Beauty, who spends a happy childhood on a rambling country estate before being ravaged by illness and surviving a horrible stable fire. However, the worst is yet to come as Black Beauty's new owners subject him to life as a horse for rent and, later, as a taxi puller in working-class London, before he can retire in peace. The original novel was written to draw attention to the cruel treatment of animals in 1877 England, and the issue's continued relevance today adds poignancy and gravity to this affecting tale. The film is episodic, as was the book, and the topic is handled with sensitivity and care.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2014
UPC:
0883929400249
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
33,892

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Bean Farmer Grey
David Thewlis Jerry Barker
Jim Carter John Manly
Peter Davison Squire Gordon
Alun Armstrong Reuben Smith
John McEnery Mr. York
Eleanor Bron Lady Wexmire
Peter Cook Lord Wexmire
Andrew Knott Joe Green
Alan Cumming Black Beauty
Mary Selway Actor
Adrian Ross-Magenty Lord George
Anthony Walters Alfred Gordon
Rosalind Ayres Mistress Gordon
Bill Stewart Coachman
Angus Barnett Ned Burnham
David Ryall Carriagemaker
Robert Demeger Horse Marker Buyer
Matthew Scurfield Horse Dealer
Conrad Asquith Guv'nor Crenshaw
Dick Brannick Cabbie
Graham Valentine Cabbie
Peter Penry-Jones Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby Butler
Bronco McLoughlin Granary Cart Driver
Niall O'Brien Farmer Thoroughgood
Lyndon Davies Head Groom

Technical Credits
Caroline Thompson Director,Screenwriter
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
John Box Production Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
David Feig Cinematographer
Eddie Fowlie Set Decoration/Design
Magdelen Gaffney Makeup
Simon Kaye Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Macgregor-Scott Producer
Rex Peterson Consultant/advisor
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Mary Selway Casting
Robert Shapiro Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Tony Spratling Cinematographer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Joss Williams Special Effects

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