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The Black Stallion -- Teri Garr and Mickey Rooney star in this heartwarming adventure about a boy who forges a special friendship with a wild stallion after both are shipwrecked on a deserted island.


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Melissa Mathison (screenplay) &
Jeanne Rosenberg (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 October 1979 (USA) See more »
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kelly Reno ... Alec Ramsey

Mickey Rooney ... Henry Dailey

Teri Garr ... Alec's Mother

Clarence Muse ... Snoe

Hoyt Axton ... Alec's Father
Michael Higgins ... Neville
Ed McNamara ... Jake
Doghmi Larbi ... Arab (as Dogmi Larbi)
John Burton ... Jockey #1
John Buchanan ... Jockey #2
Kristen Vigard ... Becky
Fausto Tozzi ... Rescue Captain
John Karlsen ... Archeologist (as John Karlson)
Leopoldo Trieste ... Priest
Frank Cousins ... African Chieftain
Donald Hodson ... Taurog (as Don Hudson)
Marne Maitland ... Drake Captain
Tom Dahlgren ... Veterinarian
Cass-Olé ... The Black Stallion
Junior ... Additional Horse
Star ... Additional Horse
Fae-Jur ... Additional Horse
Olympic ... Additional Horse
Rex ... Additional Horse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Henning ... Danny (uncredited)

Directed by
Carroll Ballard 
Writing credits
Melissa Mathison (screenplay) &
Jeanne Rosenberg (screenplay) and
William D. Wittliff (screenplay)

Walter Farley (novel)

Walter Murch  uncredited

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Fred Roos .... producer
Tom Sternberg .... producer
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
Cinematography by
Caleb Deschanel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Dalva 
Art Direction by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Earl G. Preston  (as Earl Preston)
Production Management
Ted Holliday .... production manager
Ned Kopp .... production manager: additional photography, Oregon
Alessandro von Norman .... production manager (as Alessandro von Normann)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doug Claybourne .... assistant director
David Earl .... second assistant director: Canada
Jim Kaufman .... second assistant director: Canada
Robert McCart .... second assistant director: Canada (as Bob McCart)
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director
Robert Blackgoat .... storyboard artist
Kevin Hughes .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Todd Boekelheide .... sound editor
Richard Burrow .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Ann Kroeber .... sound effects recordist
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Luciano Muratori .... boom operator: Italy
Primiano Muratori .... sound engineer in Italy
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Diana Pellegrini .... sound editor
Alan Splet .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Stept .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... foley mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara McBane .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Carlo Guici .... stunt trainer: Italian Unit
Sergio Mioni .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn 'J.R.' Randall)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Mickey Rooney
Roark Wearing .... stunt double: Kelly Reno
Camera and Electrical Department
Eraldo Barbona .... grip
Stephen H. Burum .... photographer: second unit
Robert Dalva .... additional photographer
Alan Gornick .... underwater cinematographer (as Allan Gornick Jr.)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Vic Ramos .... casting: USA
Clare Walker .... casting: Canada
Editorial Department
Todd Boekelheide .... associate editor
Nancy Jencks .... assistant editor
Diana Pellegrini .... associate editor
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music supervisor (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Shirley Walker .... composer: additional music
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Bob Badami .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jerry Brown .... wrangler
Bill Corcoran .... location manager: Canada
Rory Enke .... location scout
Tim Farley .... production assistant
Deborah Fine .... assistant to producer
Karen Frerichs .... tutor
Jack Fritz .... executive assistant
Colin Michael Kitchens .... production assistant
Shelly McKinney .... wrangler
Bruce Moriarty .... wrangler
Sherry Nisewaner .... assistant to producer
Valerie O'Conor .... consultant: horse sounds (as Valerie Koutnik)
Valerie O'Conor .... production assistant (as Valerie Koutnik)
Rex Peterson .... wrangler
Glenn H. Randall Sr. .... wrangler (as Glenn Randall Sr.)
Bruce Randall .... wrangler
Corky Randall .... horse trainer
Liz Randol .... staff (as Liza Randol)
Bud Reno .... wrangler
Frank Simeone .... additional crew
Michael Uslan .... production attorney (as Michael E. Uslan)
Gene Walker .... wrangler
Bruce Moriarty .... trainer (uncredited)

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118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

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The last major segment to be filmed was the sinking of the ship at Rome's Cinecitta Studios, which features a huge outdoor water tank. Two portions of the ship, an actual-size deck and stern, were designed by art director Aurelio Crugnola and assembled in the tank, a process that took three months. These were the largest sets ever built in the tank. The stern was set on a platform in the tank, with cables attached to pull it into the water as it sinks. Filming of the shipwreck sequence lasted three weeks.See more »
Anachronisms: When the horse is frightened by trash collectors, it is seen to run down a lane. There is a red sports car parked at the end. The car is an MG model TD, which was put into production either late in 1951, or early 1952. It looks period, but isn't.See more »
[first lines]
Alec Ramsey:Dad... you know what I saw? It's the most fantastic thing... come look!
Mr. Ramsey:[to the other poker players] My son.
Mr. Ramsey:Hey! Look, son, I'll tell you, I'm really busy, but... I'll tell you what I do need. I need some good luck.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 26 December 2004
Author: AliquaSalix from Paris, France

I watched this movie tonight for the first time in 15 years and was surprised to realize it could bring tears to my eyes after such a long time - grown up, adult tears. The TV copy was bad with a noisy soundtrack and cloudy images but the beauty of its cinematography seems to be stronger than time, amazingly new and powerful. The island scenes are pure poetry... so delicate is Carroll Ballard's way of catching the rising love between boy and horse - love shining out from innocence. Music is sublime, touching like the most poignant and fragile themes from Erik Satie's.

Many interpretations can be given to "The Black Stallion". To me -who saw it again after losing a friend in tragic circumstances- it is a beautiful and hopeful tale about death. Alec meets the Black -figure of death, wild and unpredictable- the night of his father's passing away and the world falls apart -the boat sinks into flames and cold water. The Black saves Alec, waking up then on a pale morning, alone on a lonely island made of black stone, translucent waters and white, dry sand. Then begins mutual taming between wild animal and young boy. How long will they observe each other, how long does it take for the Black to run gently besides Alec and for Alec to stand by the Black's tall silhouette? It feels like a few hours in this timeless land, but it could be a lifetime.

Then fear is gone, so are individuals - are they not one, running in suspended waters between sky and dust? Desire exists no longer... what do they want, but each other? If the horse is Death then Death is a friend, Death is peace and love and the abolition of time. And dreams are real just like the Black is real against Alec's hands, while in Alec's hands is clutched the unmoving and lifeless figure of a black horse given by his father on the night of his death.

Suddenly comes back the world of men, and horse and boy return to Life, witch is limits and rules and time. Yet when death has been tamed and accepted, frontiers don't matter anymore, and Alec makes peacefully his way into the world, growing along with the beautiful friendship connecting him to his horse. Together, horse and boy, they will prove that boundaries can be broken between man and animal, between dreams and reality.


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