Carroll Ballard

Carroll Ballard

Highest Rated: 100% Never Cry Wolf (1983)

Lowest Rated: 50% Wind (1992)

Birthday: Oct 14, 1937

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Meticulous American director of several lush, visually striking films since the late 1970s who made a memorable feature debut with "The Black Stallion" (1979), an exquisitely crafted tale of the far-flung adventures of a boy and a horse. Executive produced by Ballard's UCLA film school chum Francis Ford Coppola, the film was hailed both for its extraordinary attention to visual and behavioristic detail and as a beautifully realized adaptation of Walter Farley's classic 1941 children's novel. Four years passed until Ballard's next film, "Never Cry Wolf" (1983), an unusual and haunting nature tale featuring Charles Martin Smith, in a rare starring role, as a biologist investigating whether wolves are responsible for the gradual disappearance of the caribou herds. Two years of demanding production in the wilds of the Yukon and Alaska paid off to create a poetic work that easily transcended the standard qualities of a Disney nature picture (which it was, after all).

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93% 80% Duma Director $860.0K 2005
87% 70% Fly Away Home Director $24.6M 1996
50% 81% Wind Director $4.9M 1992
No Score Yet 70% Nutcracker: The Motion Picture Director $659.9K 1986
100% 83% Never Cry Wolf Director - 1983
90% 83% The Black Stallion Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rodeo Director - 1969