The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

The Rocking Horse Winner




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D.H. Lawrence's tragic fable The Rocking Horse Winner is faithfully transferred to the screen in this 1950 gem. John Howard Davies, the young star of Oliver Twist (and the future chief film editor at the BBC) plays sensitive lad Paul Grahame, whose selfish, grasping mother (Valerie Hobson) warps his values. When his mom once more whines over her lack of wealth, the boy retreats to his new Christmas present, a hobby horse. Having been taught to ride like a real jockey by kindly handyman Bassett … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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On DVD: Sep 24, 2002


as Hester Grahame

as Paul Grahame

as Oscar Cresswell

as Bassett

as Richard Grahame

as Mr. Tsaldouris

as The Bailiff

as "Bowler Hat"
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Critic Reviews for The Rocking Horse Winner

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Odd, disturbing version of the Lawrence short story doesn't compromise its source.

January 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

DVD is a treatise on the famed D.H. Lawrence short story.

| January 20, 2003

Pelissier's bold expressionistic cinematography during the [rocking horse] sequences taps into the nightmare logic of a child's dreams, spinning into delirium.

Full Review… | November 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Rocking Horse Winner

A young English boy discovers that he can help erase his mother's enormous financial debt by predicting winners at the race track. Its never really quite clear whether the young man's psychic ability to predict horse races comes from spirits within his home, his scary-faced rocking horse, or somewhere within his own mind. Regardless of it's origin, his "gift" proves to be no match for his mother's enormous greed.

A dramatic morality tale with a touch of supernatural mystique thrown in for good measure, The Rocking Horse Winner is classic British drama that is part Oliver Twist and part Twilight Zone.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

a fine british adaptation of the creepy dh lawrence story about a boy who desperately rides his rocking horse in order to predict race winners to please his money obsessed mother

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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