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Running Free (2000)

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Critic Consensus: The narration in Running Free detracts from its beauty, and pushes the film to the point of absurdity.

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Chase Moore and Arie Verveen are the human stars of this period drama about the extraordinary life and times of a horse. In 1914, a German supply ship is en route to Africa with a cargo of work horses when one of the mares gives birth to a foal. The pony is soon separated from his mother when the ship docks in a mining community, and he has a hard time getting along, but an orphaned boy who works at a stable takes a liking to the little horse and looks after him. When war breaks out, the stable is abandoned and the pony escapes into a nearby desert, where an Oryx antelope and a native girl become his companions and teach him how to survive on his own. Running Free was directed by award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov; it was produced by Jean-Jacques Annaud, who displayed a flair for unusual stories about animals with The Bear.

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Cast

Chase Moore
as Young Richard
Jan Decleir
as Boss Man
Arie Verveen
as Adult Richard
Graham Clarke
as Mine Supervisor
Nischa
as Young Lucky
Macho
as Adult Lucky
Fat Albert
as Caesar
Noodle
as Beauty
Robin Smith
as Blacksmith
Kateefa
as Grey Mare
Iluce Kgao
as Nyka's Friend
Lukas Haas
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Running Free

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

The human actors are colourless, the pacing lifeless, and the drama stillborn.

January 1, 2000
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Saddled with an annoying and extensive narration track, added for fear kids couldn't follow the story without constant guidance.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Running Free is the only evidence anyone will ever need to demonstrate what a ruinous trend wallpapered narration has become.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Variety
Top Critic

Saddled with actor Lukas Haas, who delivers a lifeless first-person-or first-horse-narration.

January 1, 2000
Newsday
Top Critic

Beautiful scenery and extraordinarily appealing shots of horses make Running Free worth a trip to the multiplex.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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The best and most thoughtful family movie so far this year.

January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Running Free

Running Free is the only evidence anyone will ever need to demonstrate what a ruinous trend wallpapered narration has become.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

Boring, bland characters, very slow pace, a lot of shots of just horses running around places, and very little actually happening in the film. Not very good. I remember seeing this in an after school program. I didn't think it like it much then, but I never thought it was terrible. Now I think the movie is a sub-par demo reel of horses running all over the place.

Dammy Goldstein
Dammy Goldstein

Very cute!

Leo L
Leo L

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