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Black Beauty (1971)

When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »

Director:

James Hill

Writers:

Anna Sewell (novel), Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Lester ... Joe
Walter Slezak ... Hackenschmidt
Peter Lee Lawrence ... Gervaise
Uschi Glas ... Marie (as Ursula Glas)
Patrick Mower ... Sam Greene
John Nettleton ... Sir William
Maria Rohm ... Anne
Eddie Golden Eddie Golden ... Evans
Clive Geraghty Clive Geraghty ... Roger
John Hoey John Hoey ... Muldoon (as Johnny Hoey)
Patrick Gardiner Patrick Gardiner ... O'Flaherty
Brian McGrath Brian McGrath ... Mark Beauchamp
Ronan Smith Ronan Smith ... Farm Boy
John Franklyn John Franklyn ... Coalman
Margaret Lacey Margaret Lacey ... Anna Sewell
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When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who abuses animals, turns the screws on till pa Evans is forced to leave and abandon even Black Beauty. He soon loses everything in a cards game, so the stallion ends up in the Hackenschmidt circus. Joe is desperate to get him back. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated "G" for Family Entertainment See more »

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Drama | Family | Western

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Trivia

Top billed Mark Lester only worked three weeks. See more »

Connections

Featured in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: A Home from Home (1986) See more »

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A truly sensitive and quite a beautiful lost epic...
30 December 2005 | by lilly_lilaSee all my reviews

A truly sensitive and quite a beautiful lost epic, The film is a biopic of Black Beauty's life, original in the sense that the tale is told of the horse's life seen through his own sad, profound and wizened eyes. Forget about "If walls could talk..." this film makes you wonder "If animals could talk..." and there is no need to wonder here since Black Beauty's story is told with empathy and is a real adventure through many terrains. From Black Beauty being a circus performer to a war hero to a whipped and maltreated work horse...the film shows a rather fateful and often disturbing life of this beautiful and sensitive horse... the cinematography is wonderful, It really does try to present some rugged images of the English countryside, I think that the hunting scenes evoke a sense of cruelty and violence in a subtle manner since the film shows the squire and landowners in an unflattering light. I would have liked to see some scenes played out a little longer but there is a lot to fit in this film and ultimately the film is about Black Beauty's life and not so much the people he is thrown with by fate.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Belleza negra See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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