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Black Beauty (1994)

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A wondrous new version of Anna Sewell's classic about a remarkable horse and the various owners whose lives he transforms. Year: 1994 Director: Caroline Thompson Starring: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter
Rating:
G
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Kids & Family
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Live Home Video

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Cast

Sean Bean
as Farmer Grey
David Thewlis
as Jerry Barker
Jim Carter
as John Manly
Peter Davison
as Squire Gordon
Alun Armstrong
as Reuben Smith
Eleanor Bron
as Lady Wexmire
Peter Cook
as Lord Wexmire
Adrian Ross Magenty
as Lord George
Lyndon Davies
as Head Groom
Georgina Armstrong
as Jessica Gordon
Gemma Paternoster
as Molly Gordon
Anthony Walters
as Alfred Gordon
Rosalind Ayres
as Mistress Gordon
Vic Armstrong
as Job Horse Boss
Bill Stewart
as Coachman
Sean Baker
as Ostler
Angus Barnett
as Ned Burnham
David Ryall
as Carriagemaker
Andrew Knott
as Joe Green
Robert Demeger
as Horse Marker Buyer
Alan Cumming
as Black Beauty
Matthew Scurfield
as Horse Dealer
Conrad Asquith
as Guv'nor Crenshaw
Dick Brannick
as Cabbie
Peter Penry-Jones
as Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby
as Butler
Bronco McLoughlin
as Granary Cart Driver
Niall O'Brien
as Farmer Thoroughgood
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

Although already filmed three times in the sound era, Black Beauty has never been put onscreen faithfully or well, a situation partially remedied by this affecting, rather grave rendition of the children's perennial.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Directing her first feature, screenwriter Caroline Thompson adopts a level-headed tone, avoiding the twin traps of sentimentality and sermonising.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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This level of equine empathy takes getting used to, but it's worth the trouble. Ms. Thompson's film may be precious, but it's also rapturously pretty and filled with surprising passion.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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It plays like a cross between New Age mysticism and anthropomorphism run amok.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Stalwart, evocative and in every respect passable ...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Assuming a good picture is one that transcends its own material -- pulls in a variety of people with no special interest in the subject -- then "Black Beauty" is a lumbering candidate for the glue factory.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Black Beauty

really good acting but not a good plot.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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I really need to rewatch this. Such a classic.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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i love this movie! i cry every time such a sad movie it really tugs at the heart strings! Its a lovely story abot a horse and alll the crap it has to go through before finally reachng the only one person he ever loved! Great cast, brilliantly acted and just a lovely storyt watch! worth a watch

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