Black Beauty (1994)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  29 July 1994 (USA)
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The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Docs Keepin Time ...
Black Beauty (as Docs Keepin Time - American Quarter Horse)
Black Beauty (voice)
Peter Cook ...
Adrian Ross Magenty ...
Lord George
Lyndon Davies ...
Head Groom
Jessica Gordon (as Georgina Armstrong)
Gemma Paternoster ...
Molly Gordon
Anthony Walters ...
Alfred Gordon


Black Beauty, a beautiful black stallion in 1870s England, recalls his life from his birth through his carefree life as a colt to the many hardships he suffered after achieving maturity. He goes through many owners, both good and bad, until he finally finds happiness and contentment. Written by

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A story for all ages. A friendship for all time. Share the adventure.


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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beleza Negra  »

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$4,630,377 (USA)

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Did You Know?


So far, this remains as of 2009, Peter Davison's first, last and only theatrical film release. See more »


When Black Beauty is dreaming of Ginger after seeing her in the city, a crew member can be easily seen releasing Black Beauty and then ducking into the cover of the grass. Also as the horse runs off, the lead line attached to his halter flaps up into the air. See more »


Black Beauty: We don't get to choose the people in our lives. For us, it's all chance.
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Black Beauty... Docs Keepin Time, American Quarter Horse See more »


Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger (2006) See more »

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Beautiful, Moving
7 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Black Beauty is, (at least in my opinion,) one of the most underrated films of all time. It seems to be widely ignored, for the reason that it doesn't seem to be targeted at any specific age group or audience. For the people that pass it by because it seems boring, or another childrens book adaptation, try it, it really is a wonderful picture. Anyone who likes animals, period pieces, or stories of courage and love would especially like it. The costumes, carriages and scenery are beautiful. And the horses! This movie is a horsepersons dream. The scenes featuring the horses were breathtaking...colts racing over green grass, a filly and pony trotting together, their sinewy legs moving together in smooth rhythm, an elegant black stallion rearing up; they were all absolutely beautiful. My favorite scene was the scene in which Beauty is being broken -(being taught to carry a rider). The wonderful line - "But once I discovered that he and I, that the two of us could become one, this business turned out to be perfectly glorious!" - the music swells, and the horse takes off, racing across the green, and everything else turns to a blur. (I get goosebumps thinking about it!)Kudos to the voice of Black Beauty - I don't know who it is, but he really made the picture. (And the horse, too - he was wonderful, a gentleman.) All in all, a beautiful, moving picture that no family should be without a copy of.(Some parts are sad.) Seven out of ten stars.

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