The Horse WhispererDirector: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest
Robert Redford directed himself for the first time in this romantic drama adapted from the 1995 best-seller by Nicholas Evans. Fourteen-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson of Manny & Lo) and her friend Judith go horseback riding in upstate New York on a winter morning, but their horses lose their footing on ice and slide onto a road, where Judith and her horse are killed by a jackknifing truck. Grace and her horse are also seriously injured -- doctors must amputate Grace's right leg -- and the frightening incident leaves a lasting trauma not only on Grace but also on her horse, Pilgrim. Grace's mother -- magazine editor Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thomas) -- seeking Grace's recovery, feels there's a link between her crippled, embittered daughter and Pilgrim's behavior. Learning about a horse trainer with a special gift, she takes Grace and Pilgrim to Montana where horse whisperer Tom Booker (Robert Redford) lives on a ranch with his younger brother Frank (Chris Cooper), Frank's wife Diane (Dianne Wiest) and their children. Tom's work with the horse also has a rejuvenating effect on the guilt-ridden Grace. Annie loses her magazine job, and the low-key romantic involvement between Annie and Tom develops during the summer, stifled by the unexpected arrival of Annie's husband, Robert MacLean (Sam Neill). Screenplay by Eric Roth and Richard LaGravenese (who adapted The Bridges of Madison County). Filmed in Montana and Saratoga Springs, New York.
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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|Robert Redford||Tom Booker|
|Kristin Scott Thomas||Annie MacLean|
|Sam Neill||Robert McLean|
|Dianne Wiest||Diane Booker|
|Scarlett Johansson||Grace MacLean|
|Chris Cooper||Frank Booker|
|Cherry Jones||Liz Hammond|
|Ty Hillman||Joe Booker|
|Austin Schwarz||Twin #1|
|Dustin Schwarz||Twin #2|
|Jeanette Nolan||Ellen Booker|
|Steve Boeddeker||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Gretchen Rennell Court||Casting|
|Peter Crosman||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Peter Donen||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Jon Hutman||Production Designer|
|Raymond Kluga||Art Director|
|Terry J. Leonard||Screenwriter|
|Tod A. Maitland||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Thomas Newman||Score Composer|
|Rachel Pfeffer||Executive Producer|
|Bernie Pollack||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gretchen Rau||Set Decoration/Design|
|Joseph P. Reidy||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|Hilton Rosemarin||Set Decoration/Design|
|Judy Ruskin||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gary Rydstrom||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Clare Scarpulla||Set Decoration/Design|
|Karen Tenkhoff||Associate Producer|
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this movie is superbly acted, robert redford is a mans man. it would have been better if george clooney was in it though.
It was one of THE BEST movie I have every seen.And a wonderful book also. Bravo Nicholas Evans and bravo Robert Redford.
I love this movie!!!! It really shows how important a bond between a horse and rider is, and I think that's important. I liked the movie because anything to do with horses usually captures my attention. So anyone that loves horses would love it too!
This movie is a great family movie it demonstrates how will power and determination can win in the event of a tragic situation occurs. The story line and plot go hand in hand with each other. The cast was superb each character supported the other actors and actresses throughout the movie. I would highly recommend this movie to others. My Recommendations are Wind Dancer,starring Brian Kieth and Mel Harris. Thicker than water,starring Melissa Gilbert and Lindsay Wagner.
Before the movie was released, I read and thoroughly enjoyed the novel by Nicholas Evans. Initially, I wasn't thrilled that the great director, Robert Redford had caste himself in the title role, but, on balance it worked out better than expected, thanks, in no small part, to the splendid casting and exceptional cinematography. To this day, I still would have preferred that the ending had been as riveting as Evans had written it originally. In other words, not bad, just not great. But, I was really distraught to observe that the DVD release had misguidedly edited out the harrowing juxtaposition of the young riders and the moving-too-fast-for-conditions semi in the crucial opening sequence as shown on the screen and described in the novel. This decision robbed the moment of the apprehension and impending disaster that so well set the stage for the rest of the plot to unfold. I really felt cheated by this omission. I really dislike it when the viewer is so unnecessarily manipulated and the original is cut up this way. Added footage is occasionally ok but, deletions are, especially in this instance, unforgiveable! Overall, still an enjoyable film, thanks to fine performances, direction, and a gripping story line. Still, I look forward to a later DVD release at least restored to its original footage.
Great movie but cheeper at walmart. You can find this title on the $8 and $9 dollar rack.
This movie was a really great movie for a person who wants to whatch about love, trials, trust, frienship and the bond betweena horse and its rider. If you want to whatcha really great heartfelt movie than this is the one for you!
This movie is totally totally AWESOME!!! I loved Robert Redford in this movie.Everyone did an amazing job.It was superbly filmed and executed. I think Robert Redford is a total hottie!
A story about healing through trust and commitment. Outstanding acting and directing, with stunningly beautiful cinematography. A refreshing counterpoint to urban condescension toward rural life, too.