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Melissa Mathison (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 »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Beautiful, please see it for yourself... See more (83 total) »


  (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
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater cinematographer
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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Additional Details

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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)

Did You Know?

The black model horse seen in Alec's bedroom is a Breyer Animal Creations Foundation Stallion #64, produced for 11 years starting in 1977 and retired in 1987.See more »
Continuity: Whan Alec puts the seaweed out for The Black, Alec is first seen near the water, then further away, then closer to the cliff.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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Any recommendations for other movies in which the title character is played by a horse?
How did they get The Black to eat only three sugar cubes when Alec left four on his window?
For how long is the no-dialogue scene (when Alec is on the island)?
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41 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, please see it for yourself..., 8 January 2004
Author: victoria333 from Houston, Texas

First, please don't base your opinion on the last critic's remarks. You must see this movie and judge for yourself. I have been in love with this movie since I was 7 years old (1979) and I just watched it again for the first time in many years. I STILL love it!

It is one of my top ten movies of all time (Lawrence of Arabia being #1).

There isn't any bad acting. In fact, I think that Kelly Reno did a fine job as Alec...clever, introspective, and curious. Hoy Axton did a great job as his father, as well. Maybe I just connect with them because I had a similar relationship with my dad.

I challenge you to watch this film without nit-picking it to death, especially if you have an artistic soul. I thought it was lovingly directed with a lot of original camera shots (for 1979) and perfectly composed/matched music. Do you know there is an incredible length of time during this film where not one word is spoken? Nor, is it needed. Indeed, words would be sacrilege to the simple beauty of the growing friendship between boy and horse.

It's an exciting, heartwarming, beautiful, and moving tale...I can't wait to show it to my future children so I can share the magic.

*PS - make sure you turn up the bass in the beginning so you can hear the ship's heart - imagine being on that ship and hearing that all the time. It really helps set the tone and brings a conflicting sense of impending doom and comfort.

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