MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 281 this week

Black Beauty (1971)

 -  Family | Drama  -  16 April 1971 (UK)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 689 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 8 critic

When farm 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:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

Related News

Ten Tigon Tales of Terror
| Shadowlocked

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 16 Oct 2010
 
a list of 42 titles
created 26 Jun 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 30 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Black Beauty" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Black Beauty (1971)

Black Beauty (1971) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black Beauty.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young girl befriends a wild black stallion.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Biana Tamimi, Richard Romanus, Patrick Elyas
Adventure | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Inspired by the novels of Walter Farley. After being shipwrecked on a remote desert island, courageous, young Alec Ramsay and a wild Arabian stallion named the "Black," form an irrevocable ... See full summary »

Stars: Mickey Rooney, Richard Ian Cox, Virginie Demians
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenager loses his horse in Morocco and gets him back after various daredevil adventures.

Director: Robert Dalva
Stars: Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano, Allen Garfield
Black Beauty (TV Movie 1978)
Adventure | Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Daniel Haller
Stars: David Gregory, Laurie Main, Michael Evans
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After the death of his father, troubled teen Jake Gattison travels with his mother to Harmony Ranch, a special retreat for families dealing with problems. There, Jake discovers a kindred ... See full summary »

Director: David Rotan
Stars: Alex Hugh, Mickey Rooney, Jan Rooney
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian
Stars: Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson, Lori Loughlin
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
Black Beauty (1994)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson
Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time
Oliver! (1968)
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Philip Ransome, a northern English boy about 10 years old, has been mute since age 3 and spends his days roaming the moors alone. His parents despair of a cure. One day he sees a singular ... See full summary »

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Stars: John Mills, Mark Lester, Gordon Jackson
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Walter Slezak ...
Peter Lee Lawrence ...
Uschi Glas ...
Marie Hackenschmidt (as Ursula Glas)
Patrick Mower ...
John Nettleton ...
...
Eddie Golden ...
Clive Geraghty ...
John Hoey ...
Muldoon (as Johnny Hoey)
Patrick Gardiner ...
O'Flaherty
Brian McGrath ...
Mark Beauchamp
Ronan Smith ...
Farmboy
John Franklyn ...
Coalman
Margaret Lacey ...
Anna Sewell
Edit

Storyline

When farm 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 looses 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the novel by Anna Sewell See more »

Genres:

Family | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Belleza negra  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Version of Black Beauty (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not From the Horse's Mouth
16 August 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Back when there were no computers, long hours when there was often "nothing on" television worth watching (still true, by the way) made you search the library to look for some interesting books to read. My mother had Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" on the shelf, but it didn't appeal to someone more interested in Tolkien and Twain. Horses were fun to ride, but could you do that in a book? Teenage boredom finally forced open the pages of "Black Beauty", and the horse was out of the barn. The story was immediately captivating because Ms. Sewell creates a wonderful animal character, and tells the story from the horse's point-of-view.

And, you believed it.

Now, you don't. In this adaptation, the all-important personality of the horse "Black Beauty" is almost non-existent, and the story is altered extensively - it really only vaguely resembles the original novel. Paramount filmmakers might have tried a "narration" to evoke some of the original's "first person" narrative, but they didn't. The animal's personality could still come through (as it does with "Lassie" and other animals), but it doesn't. So, we are left with a human protagonist, cute Mark Lester (as Joe Evans), who doesn't seem all that engaged in the role, and doesn't horse around for long. Chris Menges' photography is quite nice, though.

***** Black Beauty (4/71) James Hill ~ Mark Lester, Patrick Mower, Uschi Glas, Peter Lee Lawrence


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can Anyone Tell Us What Miniseries/TV Show This Was? SincerelyAmanda
Hokushin Tape safc1987
Discuss Black Beauty (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?