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Black Stallion
     

The Black Stallion

Director: Nicholas Kendall, Mickey Rooney, Richard Ian Cox, Marianne Filali

Cast: Nicholas Kendall, Mickey Rooney, Richard Ian Cox, Marianne Filali

 

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This beautifully mounted adaptation of Walter Farley's story for children tells the tale of Alec (Kelly Reno), a young boy touring the world with his adventurous salesman father (Hoyt Axton). While travelling back to the United States by ship, Alec discovers a wild, beautiful Arabian stallion being brought along in the cargo hold. When disaster strikes at sea, the

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This beautifully mounted adaptation of Walter Farley's story for children tells the tale of Alec (Kelly Reno), a young boy touring the world with his adventurous salesman father (Hoyt Axton). While travelling back to the United States by ship, Alec discovers a wild, beautiful Arabian stallion being brought along in the cargo hold. When disaster strikes at sea, the ship sinks, and Alec and the stallion are the only survivors. Alone together on a nearby island, the boy and the horse develop a relationship; wary of each other at first, they learn to trust each other, and they become close friends. When a rescue party finally finds Alec, he refuses to leave the island without the stallion, and the horse goes with Alec to the small town that is his home. Alec's mother (Teri Garr) is at a loss about what to do with this remarkable but difficult animal, especially since money is tight. Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), an elderly horse trainer who lives in the neighborhood, senses a special connection between the boy and his horse; he's soon convinced that with the right training, and the boy as his jockey, the horse could be a champion on the race course. First-time director Carroll Ballard captures the mysterious relationship between humans and animals, treating the stallion with the same intelligence and respect as the rest of his cast; he also draws fine, understated performances from Kelly Reno and Mickey Rooney, and Caleb Deschanel's photography makes this a feast for the eyes. The Black Stallion is that rare contemporary family film that will fascinate adults as much as their kids, if not more so.

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Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
Twenty-five minutes into The Black Stallion viewers may be astounded to discover that they have become thoroughly engrossed in a film that has, so far, featured almost no dialogue. Indeed, when director Carroll Ballard chose to adapt Walter Farley's boy-meets-horse children's tale for the big screen, he clearly decided to make the visuals speak for themselves. And as the story unfolds -- from an ocean liner to a desert island to a racetrack -- the potent beauty of the physical world, courtesy of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, is the film's true headliner. Alec (Kelly Reno) is a young boy who, during a sea voyage with his father, discovers a dauntingly beautiful Arabian stallion in the ship's cargo hold. Just as Alec is beginning to make contact with the animal, an unexpected storm sinks the ship, landing the boy and the horse on an uninhabited isle. So begins a relationship as uniquely touching as it is unpredictable and untamed. Halfway into the movie, a new story line takes root -- the boy is rescued and takes the stallion back home with him, where he befriends a horse trainer (Mickey Rooney) who turns him into a budding jockey. But what sustains the film through to its final frame is Ballard's commitment to his themes: the jaw-dropping majesty of nature and the invincibility of a boy's love.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2002
UPC:
0018713814081
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
Good Times Video
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:30:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Winningest [7:49]
2. White Fang [7:10]
3. Bonjour Yourself [7:38]
4. In Form [6:37]
5. Sunday School [8:35]
6. Good Stock [7:18]
7. Reborn [6:16]
8. Medicine Man [8:49]
9. Incredible Horsesflesh [7:05]
10. Mont Royale [6:03]
11. Prix De Chantilly [9:02]
12. New Information [7:23]

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