International Velvet (1978)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Sport  |  1 September 1978 (Denmark)
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Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Brown
John Seaton
Captain Johnson
Nanette Newman ...
Dinsdale Landen ...
Mr. Curtis
Sarah Bullen ...
Scott Saunders
Richard Warwick ...
Martin Neil ...
Dennis Blanch ...
Norman Wooland ...
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This sequel to the 1944 Elizabeth Taylor film National Velvet focuses on Sarah Brown, a young, recently orphaned American girl sent to England to live with her aunt - a now grown Velvet Brown. The troubled Sarah is only interested in one thing; horses, and has clearly inherited her aunt's talent. She and her horse Arizona Pie (son of Velvet's Grand National winning stead The Pie) work their way up through the world of eventing, finally being selected for the British Olympic Squad, growing up and finding love along the way. Written by Liz L

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Nanette Newman was only cast after a number of A-list actresses had passed including first choice Julie Andrews. See more »


Somehow the Pie has gone from being a chestnut gelding in the original movie to a dark bay stallion in the sequel. See more »


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If you love horses, u can almost forgive the contradictions
9 November 2003 | by (western australia) – See all my reviews

Luckily, horse lovers, particularly girls, will sit through two hours of B-Grade acting and weak plots for fifteen minutes of footage of showjumping. National Velvet, in which a little girl called Velvet Brown wins the grand national, was set in the International Velvet, the now adult Velvet has reached 40 years of age.....International Velvet should be set in the 1950s. Instead, somehow it is the 70s, Velvet is in a defacto relationship with big hair and flared jeans and the link is at best tenuous. Would have been great if Elizabeth Taylor had played the adult Velvet at a realistic age, since she played Velvet in the original that made her a star.... Whatever, the horses are beautiful, the footage of cross country events and the birth of a foal is girls like my pony-mad daughter won't notice the glaring inconsistencies, extraneous characters that serve no purpose, or the soap operatic sentimentality and nauseating 70s soundtrack. Great acting by Tatum O'Neal and Anthony Hopkins....although he would probably prefer to forget it!

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