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the first movie to truly explore the magnificence of the bond between man and horse
before 'Black Beauty', before 'Horse Whisperer', before 'Secretariat' renowned filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola tells the amazing journey of a young boy named Alec and this black graceful animal based on the 1941 book of the same name
taking place in the 1940's during a sailing expedition off of North Africa Alec and his father make a bundle from poker games then all of a sudden a fire breaks out forcing the child to abandon ship as well as the horse
they're the only two to survive the disaster and end up on the Moroccan coastline relying only on each other
it's interesting to see them both bond for survival but also building up that trust, the first half has some beautiful scenery along with a powerful score
almost no dialogue is present which is perfect since the visual storytelling speaks for itself with the boy and the horse making that connection
once they get rescued off the island the film then shifts gears for Alec and the horse getting back into mainstream society
not only does the boy get to see his mother again but the horse stays with him too
this catches the attention of an old jockey Henry Dailey played by Mickey Rooney which then gives Alec the idea of entering him in a professional racing competition
yeah the 2nd half is pretty standard stuff but again the focus is on Alec and this stallion's freedom
and of course there's the infamous climax during the actual race which is expertly filmed making the viewer feel the rush as well as the adrenaline, they really do give that intensity as it all builds up towards that victorious outcome
this is an astounding achievement by Coppola and a near perfect film that's bound to be epic for all ages
Surprisingly good (and old-fashioned) race horse tale aimed at a younger audience with especially beautiful cinematography.
If you don't like this film, you don't understand movies. it's perfect, the first almost 2 thirds are nearly silent, just the most excellent shots and triumph. The actors are superb, the horse is beautiful, the way the trainers made the horse appear with the boy was amazing.
Real movie craft , beautiful and epic. A truly wonderful film.
One of my five favorite films of all time. I remember seeing it in the theaters when it first came out and was completely captivated by the beautiful story, cinematography, and subtle performances. Mickey Rooney is a master in his role. A great work of art.
An all time classic, that is beautiful and inspiring.
best horse movie ever
Child, Love, Beast, Others......they others......Show must seen
Kid, horse, water ......show result :)
One of my favorite movies back in the day. There’s a quiet rhythm to this film that makes it so enduring to me and I think it’s often overlooked for what it really is: a wonderful homage to childhood filled with heartbreak and magic.
Black stallion is not one of my favorite movies if you do enjoy horses check it out