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The Black Stallion
ID:
1979
Comments:
Director: Carroll Ballard
Screenplay: Jeanne Rosenberg, Melissa Mathison, Walter Farley, Walter Murch, William D. Wittliff
Producer: Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos
Cast: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 118
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Sep 1997 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$14.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  A more beautiful film is hard to imagine after this! Carroll Ballard directed this one (his first film) with as much panache one can visualize.

The first half of the film is a play for the sound effects engineer because after the first five minutes of dialogue there is not a word spoken. A little boy befriends a horse upon this topical island (which, unfortunately lost his dad on the ship as it went down). The photography is stupendous not only the island but the boy and Blacky (a name that the boy, actor Kelly Reno, came up with).

The second half is just as beautiful as it displays a town which he and his horse is rescued to. He (Blacky) winds his way to a farm, a stable where a jockey lives. Mickey Rooney never plays finer in this role. Eventually he (Mr. Rooney) wakes up to the fact that the Stallion can run. And runs it he does, all the way to the races where Blacky runs the two best horses in the league.

How did he come out, winner or loser? I know you know but wait until you see the film!


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