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Enid Bagnold (novel)
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Release Date:
1 September 1978 (Denmark) See more »
Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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If you love horses, u can almost forgive the contradictions See more (24 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 Hillsden ... Attendant
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
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:

Did You Know?

Many of the Olympic judges were - in real life - the coach drivers charged with carrying the actors to and from their hotel.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the horses are being loaded onto and unloaded off the aircraft, the engine covers are clearly displayed. These are only used when an aircraft is parked overnight, or stored out of service. They would certainly be removed long before flight (the crew are shown going through pre-start checks), and not placed back over the engines immediately after landing (they were visible as the "passengers" were getting off the aircraft).See more »
Movie Connections:
Over the RainbowSee more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
If you love horses, u can almost forgive the contradictions, 9 November 2003
Author: glamm70 from western australia

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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