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The Black Stallion
From the moment he first saw the stallion, he knew it would either destroy him, or carry him where no one had ever been before…
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training the horse to race against the fastest ones in the world.
The music is nice, and I couldn't stop watching the damn thing, though a deeper part of my brain insisted I should be bored. I had the feeling that I was being manipulated. I don't usually go in for "boy and his horse" pictures, and I still don't. Still...
It was pretty. Lots of... prancing.
About a boy and a horse. A black horse. A real handsome horse. One you could maybe call beautiful if that's your kind of thing. A black beauty if you will.
A Black Beauty.
Black Beauty, why didn't they call it that? It sounds like an original name.
Excellent, beautifully made “kids and animals” movie that never dumbs itself down. There are really two fully fleshed out films in this one movie. The first is about a boy who becomes stranded on an island following a shipwreck that claims the life of his father. He finds a beautiful, but thought to be untrainable stallion, who also survived and they depend on each other for safety and resources. There is hardly any dialog, just beautiful, unspoken sequences between the boy and his horse. The second “film” begins when the boy and the horse are rescued and a local horse trainer recognizes the horse’s talent and connection to the boy. He trains them both to become racers. Highly highly recommended.
Pure cinema magic. No other way to describe it.
Visually impressive. Scenes on the ship, on the island and in the rain are beautiful. There's not a ton of dialog and even the soundtrack is minimalistic. In the end, I'm not sure what I got from the story. The boy doesn't convey a lot of emotions. That's not to say he's bad. I wanted to like this more. I would have been more impressed, if I watched it when I was younger.
As a kid, I read all of Walter Farley's Black Stallion stories so I was totally jazzed when this movie came out. It's been forever seen I last saw it but, unlike some other trips down memory lane, this film holds up. Simply told, the story of the boy and his horse is at its best during the 30 or so minutes of dialogue free time they spend alone on the island. The relationship that builds between the two accented by the gorgeous camera work is just wonderful. The rest of the flick somewhat pales in comparison but the closing race is a no-frills thriller.
In a word, glorious. The second half can't hold a candle to the first, but really, not much could.
One of my favorite films as a youngster, just recently rewatched and still enjoy it. Great film.
The Black Stallion is one of the best films ever directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The cinematography is excellent in that there is an inclusion of color that is unique to the time in which it was meant to take place the 1940's. The costumes also are really antiquated and provide a firm ground of reality to the film. I remember watching this at the drive in movies with friends and family when it first was released. I can never forget the sounds of the boat at the beginning of the film or the subsequent crashing of the boat which are firmly etched into my mind. This is due to it being so disturbing and violent.
The Black Stallion is…
Wonderful, simple story of a boy and his rescuer.
A lack of dialogue for long stretches of the film will tax those with short attention spans - which, in this day and age, seems like great training for some.
Yes, as a matter of fact you CAN tell a story without words.
Even though the quality of the DVD wasn't exactly first rate, the cinematography is exceptional and only helped to remind me why I Caleb Deschanel's work so much.
I watched this film a lot as a child and it still has the power to enchant now.
Mickey Rooney has been old since forever.
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