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What to know: Visually appealing, inspirational, and touching.
Recommended age 4-18
118 minutes
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This film is very appealing to the eye, inspirational, and touching. Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno) is on a ship with his father and a very wild black Arabian stallion, which Alec calls Black. A terrible storm happens and only he and Black survive. They end up on a small island and Alec befriends Black. Some travelers stumble across the island and bring them to England, where retired horse trainer, Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney) helps Alec train Black. I like this film because of the cinematography and the plot. This is a beautiful story and there are a lot of scenes with great angles and close ups which catch my eye. Black is a very pretty, strong and fast horse. The acting is very believable and I can sometimes feel their emotions. My favorite character is Alex because he is able to earn the trust of Black and this is very hard to do. My favorite scene is when Alec is tries to get Black to like him so he gives him some food and after that he puts some food in his hand and then walks around the beach of the island to get the horse to follow him. After a while this turns into a game. If Black follows Alec then he will get some food. Carroll Ballard directs "The Black Stallion" while Melissa Mathison along with Jeanne Rosenberg writes the screen play. Other actors in this film are Clarence Muse (Snoe), Hoyt Axton (Alec's Father), and Ed McNamara (Jake). A message in this film is that you can become friends with any person or any animal and it doesn't matter if you're young or old. Also, everything that happens, happens for a reason. I recommend, "The Black Stallion" for ages 7 to 14. Younger ages may be scared at some of the scenes, but if they are watching with this family, it may not be too scary. Of course, if you are a horse lover, this film is for you and you can add this to your collection. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Some of the scenes are a little too short and has too little details, but even with that, this is still a great family film. See how Alec and Black create their friendship in this 1979 film, The Black Stallion. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
An uplifting and spirited story with strong humanistic appeal. Every turn of events leads to a positive outcome. Vivid settings. Originally released in 1979, this is an HDNet re-release, screening throughout November, 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. This classic family film (G rated) was hailed by film critic Pauline Kael as "it may be the greatest children's movie ever made." It stands up to the test of time.
A young boy and an Arabian horse survive a tragic ship accident and learn to live with one another on a deserted island. After their rescue, the boy and a veteran horse trainer groom the stallion to become a world champion racing horse. Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr and Clarence Muse. Originally released in 1979.
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