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International Velvet (1978)

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

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Cast

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John Seaton
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Captain Johnson
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Velvet Brown
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Pilot
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Mr. Curtis
Sarah Bullen ...
Beth
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Scott Saunders
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Tim
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Wilson
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Roger
Martin Neil ...
Mike
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Howard
Dennis Blanch ...
Policeman
Norman Wooland ...
Team Doctor
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Storyline

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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In Every Girl is the Woman She is Destined to Become...And in Every Woman is the Girl She Used to Be.

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Drama | Family | Sport

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CERTIFICATE #: 25159 | See all certifications »

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1 September 1978 (Denmark)  »

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Doble triunfo  »

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$7,009,238, 31 December 1978
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the Olympic judges were, in real-life, the coach drivers charged with taking the actors and actresses to and from their hotel. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Featured in Meeting the Challenge: International Velvet (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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Stiff and awkward, but undeniably sincere
8 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Tatum O'Neal was the #3 box-office star the year before this was released. Although "Nickelodeon" did nothing for her, "The Bad News Bears" was a smash and much of the credit went to her. By the time this film wrapped, Tatum had grown up (too fast and too soon) and nobody wanted to see her with a faux English accent riding a horse. Orphaned American girl comes to stay with her aunt in England, who once was a famous horserider when she was a child. Belated follow-up to Elizabeth Taylor's girlhood triumph "National Velvet" has an excellent supporting cast: Nanette Newman is solid in Taylor's former role, now a grown woman living with wily Christopher Plummer, who is perfect; Anthony Hopkins is also superb as a stern taskmaster. Only O'Neal disappoints--odd considering the director was Bryan Forbes, who usually excels with younger actors. Forbes' film is also too long, with character conflicts and sketchy romantic interludes colorlessly handled. Tatum is much more convincing playing Sarah in her older teen years than playing her as a schoolgirl (O'Neal obviously had no schoolgirl experience to draw upon, thereby leaving her in alien territory). Not a wash-out exactly, but not the heart-tugging, tear-jerking family film it was intended to be. ** from ****


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