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Black Beauty -- 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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Black Beauty -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Anna Sewell (novel)
Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 1994 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Docs Keepin Time ... Black Beauty (as Docs Keepin Time - American Quarter Horse)

Alan Cumming ... Black Beauty (voice)

Sean Bean ... Farmer Grey

David Thewlis ... Jerry Barker

Jim Carter ... John Manly

Peter Davison ... Squire Gordon

Alun Armstrong ... Reuben Smith

John McEnery ... Mr. York

Eleanor Bron ... Lady Wexmire

Peter Cook ... Lord Wexmire
Adrian Ross Magenty ... Lord George
Lyndon Davies ... Head Groom

Georgina Armstrong ... Jessica Gordon
Gemma Paternoster ... Molly Gordon
Anthony Walters ... Alfred Gordon
Rosalind Ayres ... Mistress Gordon

Andrew Knott ... Joe Green
Sean Baker ... Ostler
Bill Stewart ... Coachman
Bronco McLoughlin ... Vicar / Granary Cart Driver
Angus Barnett ... Ned Burnham

David Ryall ... Carriagemaker
Philip Taylor ... Carriagemaker's Assistant

Vic Armstrong ... Job Horse Boss
Robert Demeger ... Horse Marker Buyer

Vincent Regan ... Sleazy Horse Dealer
Matthew Scurfield ... Horse Dealer

Sean Blowers ... Hard-Faced Man
Emma Richler ... Polly Barker

Keylee Jade Flanders ... Dolly Barker (as Keeley Flanders)
Freddy White ... Harry Barker (as Freddie White)
Conrad Asquith ... Guv'nor Crenshaw
Patrick Burke ... First Cabby
Dick Brannick ... Second Cabby
Paul McNeilly ... Third Cabby
Dido Miles ... Dinah

Rupert Penry-Jones ... Wild-Looking Young Man
Graham Valentine ... Eager Cabby
Graeme Alexander Young ... Fourth Cabby
John Quarmby ... Butler
Julian Maud ... Drunken Gentleman
Bill McCabe ... First Driver
Niall O'Brien ... Farmer Thoroughgood
Jonathan Hirst ... Willie Thoroughgood
Ian Kelsey ... Joe Green (Older)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kiran Shah ... Man with Tambourine (uncredited)
Jesse James Sims ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Caroline Thompson 
Writing credits
Anna Sewell (novel)

Caroline Thompson (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... producer
Robert Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Claire Simpson 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Sarah Trevis 
Production Design by
John Box 
Art Direction by
Kevin Phipps 
Leslie Tomkins (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Eddie Fowlie 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
Makeup Department
Yvonne Coppard .... makeup artist
Natalie Cosco .... makeup artist
Magdalen Gaffney .... key makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... key hair stylist
Jan Jamison .... assistant hair stylist
Victoria Jamison .... equine makeup
Production Management
Steve Harding .... unit production manager (as Steven Harding)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vic Armstrong .... second unit director
Chris Carreras .... first assistant director
Jamie Christopher .... third assistant director
Marcia Gay .... second assistant director
Trevor Kaye .... first assistant director: second unit (pick-ups)
Art Department
Robin Heinson .... painter
Tracey Holmes .... art department assistant
Michael King .... construction buyer
Ron Nicholls .... stagehand
Mickey Pugh .... property master
Adrian Start .... head of department painter
Jake Wells .... dressing prop
Terry Wells .... property master
Mickey Woolfson .... property master
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Mary Andrews .... supervising adr editor
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Robert Bradshaw .... sound editor (as Bob Bradshaw)
Fred Burke .... foley editor
Jeffrey Cranford .... assistant adr editor
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Gordon Ecker .... sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer (as Les Fresholz)
Steven Gerrior .... assistant sound editor
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Michael Herbick .... re-recording mixer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Holly Huckins .... adr editor
Victor Iorillo .... sound editor
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
Elizabeth Kenton .... assistant sound editor
Nicolas Le Messurier .... adr mixer
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... sound editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Rocky Moriana Jr. .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe-Boisseau)
Steve Schwalbe .... supervising foley editor
Tommy Staples .... boom operator
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Clancy .... special effects technician
Simon Cockren .... special effects technician
Dave Crownshaw .... special effects technician
Michael Dawson .... special effects administrator
Manex Efrem .... special effects assistant
Marcus Richardson .... special effects technician
Andy Williams .... floor supervisor
Andy Williams .... foreman
Joss Williams .... special effects supervisor
Terence J. Cox .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Antony Hunt .... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company
Andy Stevens .... model unit camera assistant: Magic Camera Co
Vic Armstrong .... horse master
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Wendy Armstrong .... assistant stunt coordinator
Brian Bowes .... stunts
Helen Caldwell .... stunts
Abbi Collins .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunts
Mark Henson .... stunts (as Mark 'Franklin' Henson)
Billy Horrigan .... stunts (as Bill Horrigan)
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Tom Lucy .... stunts
Gerard Naprous .... stunts
Lex Ruddiman .... stunts
Tony Smart .... stunts
Mark Southworth .... stunts
Roy Street .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Anderson .... nature photographer
Robert Binnall .... first assistant camera
Craig Bloor .... second assistant camera
Ashley Bond .... clapper loader: second unit
David Feig .... director of photography: second unit
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Gifford Hooper .... aerial camera operator
Clive Mackey .... focus puller: second unit
Ray Meehan .... rigging gaffer
Oona Menges .... additional second assistant
Nic Milner .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Morani .... gaffer
John Palmer .... camera operator: "a" camera
Robert Palmer .... second assistant camera
Dave Ridout .... rigging gaffer
Nigel Seal .... assistant camera
Barnaby Shapiro .... second assistant camera
Howard Smith .... Steadicam operator
Tony Spratling .... director of photography: second unit
Stefan Stankowski .... camera operator: second unit
Chyna Thomson .... first assistant camera
David Tondeur .... assistant camera
Gary Turnbull .... second camera operator
Coco Van Oppens .... gallery photography
Editorial Department
Tristan M. Brighty .... first assistant editor
Sarah Flack .... assistant editor
Sherrye Gibbs .... assistant editor
Michael Hall .... assistant editor
Andrew Melhuish .... assistant editor
Matthew Tucker .... assistant editor
Location Management
Kevin De La Noy .... location manager
Music Department
David Arch .... musician: Keyboards
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
J.A.C. Redford .... conductor (as Jack Redford)
Graham Walker .... music recording coordinator
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Geoff Foster .... music recordist (uncredited)
Joel Franklin .... supervising music copyist (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Estabrook .... transportation
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... production coordinator
Vic Armstrong .... horse master
Judy Britten .... publicity assistant
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Mali Elfman .... horse trainer
Gary Nixon .... assistant accountant
Nik Panic .... production assistant
Rex Peterson .... chief horse trainer
Mary Temkin .... assistant to producer
Chris Warren .... video coordinator
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 33170)

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So far, this remains as of 2009, Peter Davison's first, last and only theatrical film release.See more »
Continuity: When Black Beauty is walking around and around in his stall after Ginger goes crazy, his bearing rein is loose and practically undone. However after Reuben examines the wound on Black Beauty's leg, he undoes the rein.See more »
Black Beauty:People aren't only cruel to horses they are also cruel to each otherSee more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Timeless Story Telling, 9 July 2006
Author: nelliebell-1 from United States

Though this is reviewed many years hence it is one of the time honored testaments of this media even some ten plus years having past,that this tribute was never the more beautiful then even now some ten years plus since then.This contribution comes at the expense of ones heart as you grow in the knowledge of the possibility of a dream.Reality provides the greatest test of ones courage under fire,though "Black Beauty" is billed as a child's film,this adult had a very hard time not caring a great deal about the wonderous even glorious relation we share with the animal kingdom and nature.The film seems to be beautifully constructed perhaps deliberately with many areas of the film working very well.It is a beautifully photographed film where these magnificent creatures are showcased and nature is highlighted.There is in the telling of this story a narrator whose ability to place intelligence in the very heart of these magnificent beasts is heart warming and engaging,truly this story skirts the issue of inspiration,it is that beautifully told.Historically soundtracks are there for a reason,this soundtrack almost steals the show,it is such a testament to the creative abilities of Daniel Elfman.It is literally a great piece of musical composition and motion picture scoring.If the reader wishes to know first hand listen closely from the very start and the human heart will be tested as to its ability to break.So loving and eloquent is this musical interlude that rarely is this mark been attained,it is beautiful.I watched this film 4 times in less than 24 hours and each time one of the reasons why I watched again and again was the lovely even emotional interplay between the film and the music.However last but not least though only for children it may very well be,it was very hard to take when the suffering ensues and the majestic Black Beauty and Ginger struggle to survive.Truly it is a lovely sentimental story deeply held and faithfully portrayed.The belief in a better world or in the dream of another world is even now a thoughtful and abiding conviction in the love we share when we share that love with each other.This is more than a children's story but a lessen in caring and it may actually surprise you to know that we must care for the wild as we have the privilege of dominion over the wild.We must never abuse that privilege and always care as a caretaker cares,such is the testament to this graceful telling of the life of Black Beauty.Highly recommended for both children and adults alike.

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