The Black Stallion (1979)
Average Rating: 7.8/10
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Average Rating: 6.2/10
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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
Jan 1, 1979 Limited
Sep 10, 1997
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Ballard's sumptuous images exist only to distract from his rather conventional failings of craftsmanship.
Carroll Ballard's feature debut is rich in adventure, suspense and mythical elements and marks the prize-winning short-subjects director as a major talent.
Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players.
The director, Carroll Ballard, and the cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, have captured so many lavishly beautiful images that the cumulative effect is one of repetition.
The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works.
A simple film, sentimental but not mawkish, as enjoyable for adults as it is for children.
First-rate adaptation of the well-loved children's classic
Beautifully phortographed and surprisingly good.
Tells the enchanting story of a boy whose life is enriched by his relationship with a magnificent horse.
This is an intelligent, moving and insightful nature drama that far exceeds its 'for kids' tag.
One of those rare family films that goes on to earn true Classic status.
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