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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  15 May 1998 (USA)
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The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Booker
Frank Booker
Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman ...
Joe Booker
Judith (as Catherine Bosworth)
Austin Schwarz ...
Twin #1
Dustin Schwarz ...
Twin #2
Grandma Ellen Booker
Steve Frye ...
Don Edwards ...
Lucy, Annie's Assistant


A teenage girl riding a horse is hit by a truck. To help heal her troubled/injured daughter, and horse, the mother takes them to Montana to recuperate at the ranch of a 'horse whisperer', a horse healer of mystical talents. The mother proceeds to fall in love with him, as well. Written by Dan <fpdj@intergate.bc.ca>

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Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a disturbing accident scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El señor de los caballos  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,685,488 (USA) (15 May 1998)


£5,448,177 (UK) (9 October 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Redford acquired the screen rights to Nick Evans' book before the novel was even published. See more »


Briefly, we see the legs of Pilgrim sliding down the bank ahead of the other horse but it is the other horse who reaches the road first. Also Pilgrim alternates between standing and lying as he slides down the bank. See more »


[first lines]
Judith: [waves] Hello!
Grace: [waves] Hello!
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Very well done!
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Redford and the entire cast is excellent. The music and scenery is excellent. Saw this movie for the first time three years ago. I rented it due to the "horse" plot and it ended up being a very important movie in my life. I was involved in some very personal problems with my family at the time. What was important to me was that even with the terrible situation Grace was in, there was a way to heal. The most important line in the movie was when Tom Booker makes the comment: "Knowing it is the easy part, saying it out loud is what's difficult" Oh how true this is. A lot of good thoughts in this one. It has my highest recommendation.

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