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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

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Critic Consensus: It might be a bit too eager to tug the heartstrings, but The Horse Whisperer is typically graceful, well-crafted Redford -- on both sides of the camera.

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After her fourteen year old daughter suffers a serious horse riding accident, a high-powered magazine editor goes to Montana to bring the horse to a legendary 'horse whisperer,' a person with a unique gift of being able to cure troubled horses. Romance blossoms between the sophisticated mother and the gentle horseman, leading to wonderful and tragic consequences.

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Cast

Robert Redford
as Tom Booker
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Annie MacLean
Scarlett Johansson
as Grace MacLean
Sam Neill
as Robert MacLean
Dianne Wiest
as Diane Booker
Chris Cooper
as Frank Booker
Cherry Jones
as Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman
as Joe Booker
Jeanette Nolan
as Ellen Booker
Austin Schwarz
as Twin No. 1
Dustin Schwarz
as Twin No. 2
William 'Buddy' Byrd
as Lester Petersen
John Hogarty
as Local Tracker
Mike La Londe
as Park Ranger
Allison Moorer
as Barn Dance Vocalist
George E. Sack Jr.
as Truck Driver
Kelley Sweeney
as Nurse No. 2
Joelle Carter
as Officer Worker No. 1
Sunny Chae
as Office Worker No. 2
Joyce Anne Gilstrap
as Office Worker No. 3
Tara Sobeck
as Schoolgirl No. 1
Kristy Ann Servidio
as Schoolgirl No. 2
Marie Engle
as Neighbor
Curt Pate
as Handsome Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The Horse Whisperer

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (14)

Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.

November 8, 2007

This has loads of craft and honor but never quite takes off.

November 8, 2007 | Full Review…

We are not talking postmodern or even modern here, but the best kind of old-fashioned.

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

It's a film-maker's love letter to himself.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

That lack of identifiable passion is The Horse Whisperer's most vexing problem.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

As good as Redford and Scott Thomas are at the outset, they can't convey the passion necessary to make the affair believable.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Horse Whisperer

½

Lets see... I enjoyed the acting - including a young Scarlett Johansson. The story is good. Scenery is wonderful. I took off a star as the movie was an hour too long - especially if you are watching it on TV with commercials.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Lots of people don't like this movie, but I've always been a sucker for a tear jerker drama film, and this is one of them. Redford's always been both a great actor and director. This is the first movie I think of when I think of him as a director. Awesome story (it'd be even better if she'd stayed with Redford!) and perfect setting and scenery.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

A young Scarlett Johansson plays a good role in a story that has more depth to it that the title suggest. It does essentially lead to a love story, but the film is very long and the love story is not the main plot. With likable characters and stunning scenic views, The Horse Whisperers is a watchable lengthly, but not one, I would demand people to watch.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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