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Enid Bagnold (novel)
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Release Date:
1 September 1978 (Denmark) See more »
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Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES AF ALL TIMES !! See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tatum O'Neal ... Sarah Brown

Christopher Plummer ... John Seaton

Anthony Hopkins ... Captain Johnson

Nanette Newman ... Velvet Brown

Peter Barkworth ... Pilot

Dinsdale Landen ... Mr. Curtis
Sarah Bullen ... Beth

Jeffrey Byron ... Scott Saunders

Richard Warwick ... Tim

Daniel Abineri ... Wilson

Jason White ... Roger
Martin Neil ... Mike

Douglas Reith ... Howard
Dennis Blanch ... Policeman
Norman Wooland ... Team Doctor
Susan Jameson ... T.V. Interviewer
Brenda Cowling ... Alice

James Smillie ... Commentator
David Tate ... Commentator
Ronald Chenery ... Air Crew Assistant

Geoffrey Drew ... Co-Pilot

Stephanie Cole ... Teacher

Margaret John ... Headmistress
David Wilkinson ... Young Wilson
Emma Forbes ... Schoolgirl
Paul Rosebury ... Charlie
Chris Quinten ... Lee
John May ... Bernie

Marsha Fitzalan ... British Rider
Susan Hamblett ... Claire
Russell Lodge ... Philip
Pam Rose ... Stewardess
George Hilsdon ... Attendant (as George Hillsden)
Trevor Thomas ... Black Athlete
Jack Dearlove ... Official
Jean Lockhart ... Judge
Ernest Hare ... Presentation Official

Kenneth Benda ... Presentation Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bryan Forbes ... Awards Presenter (uncredited)

Steve Meek ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jerry Willey ... Spectator / Horse fanatic (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Forbes 
Writing credits
Enid Bagnold (novel "National Velvet")

Bryan Forbes (written by)

Produced by
Bryan Forbes .... producer
John L. Hargreaves .... associate producer
Original Music by
Francis Lai 
Cinematography by
Tony Imi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Timothy Gee 
Casting by
Michael Barnes 
Production Design by
Keith Wilson 
Costume Design by
John Furniss  (as John Furness)
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Ann Cotton .... makeup artist
Eithne Fennel .... hair stylist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Production Management
John Nicolella .... production manager: Ledyard sequence
Peter A. Runfolo .... unit manager: Ledyard sequence
Donald Toms .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... second assistant director
William Eustace .... second assistant director: Ledyard sequence
Jerry Shapiro .... assistant director: Ledyard sequence
Philip Shaw .... assistant director
Don Boyd .... second unit director (uncredited)
Jeremy Coote .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sid Palmer .... production buyer (as Syd Palmer)
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Gus Lloyd .... sound mixer
Don Wortham .... boom operator
Peter Desbois .... sound (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Bosher .... chief electrician (as A.H. Bosher)
Ricky Briggs .... assistant camera
Edward R. Brown .... director of photography: Ledyard sequence
Chris Howard .... focus puller
Colin Manning .... camera grip
Geoff Mulligan .... aerial camera operator
Peter Povey .... assistant camera
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer
Tony White .... camera operator
Arthur Wooster .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe mistress
John Hilling .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Graham Farrow .... assembly editor
Location Management
John Downes .... location manager
Music Department
Jean Musy .... music arranger
Other crew
Alistair Martin Bird .... rider
Don Boyd .... production coordinator: Ledyard sequence
Raymond Brooks-Ward .... riding coordinator
Tad Coffin .... rider
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Bruce Davidson .... rider
Tom Davies .... rider
Robert Ellis .... title designer: National Screen
Marsha Fitzalan .... rider
Jan Gay .... rider
Carolyn Hall .... production accountant
Susan Hamblett .... rider
Tony Hill .... rider
Jane Holderness-Roddam .... rider
Virginia Holgate .... rider
Stephen Hoye .... rider
Russell Lodge .... rider
Angela Meade .... rider
Richard Meade .... rider
Gareth Milne .... rider
Roger Plowden .... rider
Michael Plumb .... rider
Peter Pocock .... rider
Suzanne Roquette .... rider
Julian Seaman .... rider
Georgina Simpson .... rider
Stewart Stevens .... rider
Nigel Tabor .... rider
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
Mary Ann Tausky .... rider
Diana Thorne .... rider
Andrew Von Preussen .... helicopter pilot
Nicholas Wilkinson .... rider
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Commander John Oran .... thanks
William C. Steinkraus .... thanks
Marcia Williams .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
127 min | UK:116 min (Turner library print)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 | Sweden:7 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:G (certificate #25159) | USA:PG (certificate #25159)

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Last feature of Norman Wooland.See more »
Continuity: During the scene while on board the aircraft when Roger's horse becomes agitated and the vet must give the horse a tranquilizer. The needle on the syringe is present when he fills the syringe, then disappears as he turns to administer the shot then re-appears after the shot is given.See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Author: Victoria Bermudez ( from Dominican Republic

It is a pity that a picture like this doesn't receive the same publicity as so many others that are merely a bargage ( some of them have even won an Oscar )

This is a must see for all families. It's a beautiful story about an orphan child who has to move to another country to live with her aunt, and how the relationship between them grows better as time passes by.

Her aunt won a horse race many years ago, but couldn't have the prize because she was disqualified under the rules. Years later this nephew comes to her life and makes her revive aspects of her life she wanted to forget. (they are so similar)

It is a beautiful story of love and gratitude.

I watched it for the first time while I was 12, and hope my baby girl grows to see it.

The music is so beautiful, the sceneries are unforgettable as well.


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