Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer

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Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Robert Redford's follow-up to his masterful 1994 film Quiz Show is a tasteful and enveloping romance that recalls the days of lush widescreen melodramas, and their ability to win you over with their grand gestures. Similar in theme to Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County, another modern film that dared to present a love affair between two intelligent adults, The Horse Whisperer takes its time to unravel over the course of nearly three hours, but presents enough honest emotion and cinematic splendor that it all seems worth the effort. Director Redford ideally casts himself as the rugged horse trainer, and Kristin Scott Thomas is equally fine as his love interest. The novel from which it's based (by Nicholas Evans) took its main storyline as an excuse to create soapy sentiment, but Redford wisely eschews this for a more serene tale. In a bold use of cinematography, the film (when viewed in a theater) opens up to a larger screen ratio when its main female characters reach Montana, creating an effective contrast to the starkness of its initial New York City scenes. It is inclusions like this that make the film so memorable, with the ability to steal your heart if you're willing to let it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
UPC:
0786936824933
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:49:00
Sales rank:
10,154

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Catherine Bosworth Judith
Austin Schwarz Twin #1
Dustin Schwarz Twin #2
Jeanette Nolan Ellen Booker
Steve Frye Hank
Don Edwards Smokey
Jessalyn Gilsig Lucy

Technical Credits
Robert Redford Director,Producer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Hank Corwin Editor
Gretchen Rennell Court Casting
Peter Crosman Special Effects Supervisor
Freeman Davies Editor
Peter Donen Special Effects Supervisor
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Terry J. Leonard Screenwriter
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Markey Producer
Allison Moorer Songwriter
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
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Tom Rolf Editor
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Clare Scarpulla Set Decoration/Design
Karen Tenkhoff Associate Producer

Scene Index

Production Featurette; Robert Redford Featurette; Buck Brannaman Featurette; Music Video

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The Horse Whisperer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was one of THE BEST movie I have every seen.And a wonderful book also. Bravo Nicholas Evans and bravo Robert Redford.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is superbly acted, robert redford is a mans man. it would have been better if george clooney was in it though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie but cheeper at walmart. You can find this title on the $8 and $9 dollar rack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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